Tacoma’s new YMCA on Pearl Street is getting a new name: The Scott and Sis Names Family YMCA.
The new name is in recognition of the legacy of philanthropy of Scott and Sis Names. To help construct the new facility in Tacoma, the Names Family Foundation announced it is donating $5.4 million to the capital campaign.
The Names Family is deeply rooted in Pierce County. Scott and Sis Names grew up in the Tacoma area. They opened Scott’s Athletic Equipment in Lakewood in 1957, and later included their children in running the family business. They started the Names Family Foundation in 1996 to promote health and wellness in Pierce County through supporting physical education and athletics. In addition, the Names Family have been connected to the YMCA for 45 years.
The Scott and Sis Names Family YMCA will replace the aging Morgan Family YMCA. Originally known as the Tacoma Family YMCA, the current building was renamed for former YMCA President and CEO John O. Morgan in 1996. Morgan spearheaded the construction of the new facility and transformed the organization over a 41-year career. He passed away in 2014.