This postcard commemorates the XXIII Slet of the Slovak Catholic Sokol that was held at Morton West High School Stadium in Berwyn, Illinois on July 23, 1967. A sokol is a Slavic gymnastic society aiming to promote a communal spirit and physical fitness, and a slet is a mass gymnastic festival.
The Sokol movement originated in Prague in 1862 to promote physical fitness. It spread to other regions populated by Slavic cultures, and early Czech immigrants brought the Sokol movement to the United States.
The early Sokol movement was nonsectarian. In the early twentieth century, Catholic Slovak immigrants formed a Sokol group for Catholics. The Slovak Catholic Sokol is an Athletic Fraternal Benefits Society. It offers insurance protection and promotes physical fitness among its members through various programs and activities.
The following text is from the back of the postcard:
The Slovak Catholic Sokol affords its members, juniors and seniors, the opportunity to participate in gymnastics, track and field events, and other body-building sports. — Join our Organization today and enjoy these benefits at no extra cost.
WE TRAIN TODAY’S YOUTH . . . TOMORROW’S CITIZENS
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