IMA Recreation Association
The IMA Recreation Association a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. The mission of the IMA Recreation Association is to provide recreational programs and opportunities for children and families throughout the Genesee County community. IMA programs support sports, recreation and education, while fostering good citizenship and team efforts.
The IMA began as the Flint Vehicle Factories Mutual Benefit Association (FVFMBA) in 1901 established by area manufacturing employers, with worker contributions to provide benefits in the event of sickness, injury or death. In 1915, Charles Stewart Mott appointed an industrial committee with Walter P. Chrysler as its chairman. The committee called itself the Industrial Fellowship League (IFL). Many recreational & educational activities were offered to the workers through the IFL.
In 1922 the Industrial Mutual Association of Flint was officially established when FVFMBA and the IFL merged. The IMA began to flourish building the IMA Auditorium (a 6,000 seat auditorium providing diversified activities) and Athletic Park (a 3,000 seat athletic field adjacent to the Auditorium). In 1963 the IMA purchased Brookwood Golf Course and in 1969 opened the Sports Arena on Lapeer Road. As years passed, the IMA sold the Auditorium to the Mott Foundation and donated the Sports Arena to the City of Flint.
Today with a new name and a renewed mission, the IMA Recreation Association is adding new chapters to its rich history as a diversified employee benefit association. As a self-supporting 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, IMA continues to operate IMA Brookwood Golf Club, its banquet and catering facilities and also manages Ballenger and Memorial Parks in Flint. The IMA is proud of its heritage and the support that generates dynamic programs and special events for our community.
IMA programs include The First Tee of Eastern Michigan at IMA Brookwood. The First Tee’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Additionally the IMA has partnered with YouthQuest (a program of the Flint & Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce) offering The First Tee unique curriculum to area school children in gyms and cafeterias throughout Genesee County. YouthQuest offers high quality exciting & engaging after school programming based on challenge, project and investigative activities. These programs help children develop values, social skills and a lifelong love of learning. The IMA and The First Tee of Eastern Michigan is very proud to have been chosen as a service provider for the YouthQuest program.
The IMA Recreation Association name was adopted in 2008 and has helped re-focus our efforts to bring recreational and educational opportunities to children and adults in the Genesee County community. The IMA continues to be a story of people caring about people. You can become a part of this continuing story in several ways. As a participant. As a volunteer. As a contributor. Or a combination of all three. We welcome you to help write the next chapter.
Board of Directors
D. Smith Enterprises
Retired, Mott Community College
Retired, Michigan Council of Carpenters
Member at Large
UAW Region 1D
Member at Large
Michael Burke, Jr.
Member at Large
HealthPlus of Michigan
Member at LargeJeff Sabolish
Lewis & Knopf
Human Resources Chairman
Farm Bureau Insurance
Golf Programs Vice Chairman
The First Tee Chairperson
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan