at Historic Bohemian National Hall, home of the Czech Cultural Center
The cornerstone was laid in 1896 as a community hall to accommodate the cultural, social, and educational needs of Czech immigrants in their newly adopted country. Over these many years, the building has been lovingly restored to its original glory. The hall continues to serve new generations with modern amenities. It houses the many activities of Sokol Greater Cleveland and showcases the cultural history and traditions of the Czech and Slovak people.
The word “sokol” translates to “falcon” and is symbolic of the Sokol ideals:
Courage, Strength, Endurance, Fraternalism, Love of Democratic Principles & Pride of Country.
Sokol Greater Cleveland is one of 35 Sokol units in North America, one of two in Cleveland, and one of the largest within the American Sokol Organization. The member units of the American Sokol offer physical training in gymnastics and other athletics, as well as providing cultural awareness and family oriented activities.
For 150 years in the United States, American Sokol has helped to shape the lives of Olympians, Diplomats, Artists, Athletes, and most importantly, every-day-wonderful people like you.
The idea of physical education as well as the promotion of moral values was formulated by Dr Miroslav Tyrs, a professor of the Charles University, and by Jindrich Fugner in 1862 in the Austrian Czech lands, which later became Czechoslovakia and now the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Their program, Sokol, was based on the democratic principles of the ancient Greeks and their idea of developing “a sound mind in a sound body”. Tyrs was the creator of calisthenics and exercises, placing the whole system on a firm scientific basis and the philosophy that only physically fit, mentally alert, and culturally well developed citizens can make a nation strong and give life to the honorable spirit of patriotism.
Sokol came to the United States via Czech-land immigrants in 1865. Well into it’s second century, Sokol continues today around the world as a vital, thriving entity dedicated to both youth and adults participating in its programs, the local communities served, and to the physical, mental, and cultural advancement of its members