to Sokol Greater Cleveland at Historic Bohemian National Hall
Home of Sokol Greater Cleveland's Czech Cultural Center
There are currently 35 Sokol units, or organizations, open in North America. Sokol Greater Cleveland is one of two Sokol organizations in the Cleveland
area. This unit is one of the largest within the national organization -- American Sokol Organization, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. 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.
|Sokol Greater Cleveland
at Bohemian National Hall
Home of the Czech Cultural Center
4939 Broadway Avenue
Cleveland OH 44127
Our Goals: To develop a healthy body, cultivate a harmonious and total person,
develop good character, foster love of truth and justice, producing a strong and honorable person.
Above all, we encourage family participation in all aspects of our programs.
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.
For 147 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 word “sokol” translates to "falcon" and is symbolic of the Sokol ideals:
Courage, Strength, Endurance, Fraternalism, Love of Democratic Principles & Pride of Country.
The falcon is a bird known for its courage, endurance, lighting speed, sharp eyesight, and love of the great heights of the blue skies. Thus, it symbolizes the ideals of
the Sokol organization of fitness, strength and lofty goals. While Sokol is Czech for "falcon," Sokol is English for a great group of people bonded by a common
ethnicity, heritage or interest.
|Bohemian National Hall & the Czech Cultural Center
The cornerstone was laid in 1896 as a community hall to accomodate 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. Browse these website pages for programs reflecting this proud culture.
|Sokol & Bohemian National Hall - the Best Kept Secret
|Sokol has something for everyone!
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Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
and the citizens of
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