In 2003, Joan Kroc contributed $1.5 billion to the Salvation Army for the construction of Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers throughout the United States. After a thorough application and selection process, Memphis became eligible to receive a matching gift from the Kroc Trust in 2005.
The Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center is a 100,000 square foot recreation, education, worship and arts centre.
The Kroc Center is a healthy, compassionate and exciting place in our community where people of all ages, races, educational backgrounds and economic means can come together to learn, develop and discover their potential and experience God's love in the process.
Joan Kroc, the wife of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, said she had taken a tour of San Diego and it was then that she noticed a neighborhood that was in dire need of a safe meeting place, a place with facilities and qualified practitioners to foster children's social skills, love of the arts and athletic ability. She described the Kroc Center as a beacon of light and hope in the community.
Mrs. Kroc entrusted the Salvation Army with $90 million to construct the first Kroc Center in the San Diego neighborhood of Rolando. Unfortunately, she died a little more than a year after it opened. She was so happy with what was done here that she left $1.5 billion to the Salvation Army to create centers like this around the world. There are currently 26 Kroc Centers nationwide.
The Memphis Kroc Center Aquatics is a member benefit that provides something for all. Leisure swimming, progressive swimming lessons, lifeguard and CPR/AED qualification courses all planned with members in mind. Come and swim with the Crocs! Leisure swimming is by reservation only. Schedule your visit to the.krocmemphis.org meeting.
Need a pool to cool off in while in Memphis, Tennessee? Check out these amazing pools our city is blessed to offer:
These amazing public swimming pools are located just down the street from our location at Summer Avenue between Estridge Drive and Eastern Drive.