MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Back in 1953, George H.W. Bush served as the Chairman of a temporary board that set out to acquire funding for a facility that would bring recreational activities to Midland.

The result of the effort would lead to the original Y.M.C.A which was founded in the old Pioneer Gas Company offices at 211 1/2 North Colorado.

It was no secret that George H.W. Bush loved sports, he played baseball and soccer at Yale university, and continued to be physically active with recreations like Tennis and Golf.

The president of the Midland Y.M.C.A, George Fierro, believes it was Bush’s passion for sports that led to his interest in founding the Midland Y.M.C.A.

“I think it was a really important thing for him to keep families and their kiddos involved in something positive,” said Fierro.

In 2003, 50 years after it’s establishment Bush returned to speak during an anniversary party for the Y.M.C.A, a special moment for those who are now in charge of running the organization.

“It was interesting because he had a lot of friends in the room that were involved so they spoke about some of the memories and some of the things they had to go through to make it all possible,” said Fierro.