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THE MINISTRY FLOURISHES

2011 PAYH celebrates its 50th anniversary. 2016 PAYH adds a substance abuse treatment program in response to the growing addiction crisis. 2017 Funding is secured to develop a vocational program so PAYH young men can learn skilled trades. 2019 The premier episode of the History Channel show, “The Strongest Man in History” features Paul »

THE MINISTRY MOVES FORWARD

1995 Largest weightlifting arena in the Southeast named in Paul’s memory: “Paul Anderson/Howard Cohen Weightlifting Center, Savannah, Georgia. Georgia House of Representatives and Senate passed resolutions in tribute to Paul. The Paul Anderson Memorial Weightlifting Invitational, a pre-Olympic event, was held in Atlanta, GA. A state historical marker was unveiled at »

PAUL’S HEALTH DECLINES

1983 Appointed lieutenant colonel, aide-de-camp, and governor’s staff by Georgia’s Governor Joe Frank Harris. Citizens of Toccoa, GA, placed a permanent granite marker at his birthplace in Toccoa. Georgia’s Governor Joe Frank Harris proclaimed “Paul Anderson Day”. The United States Congressional Record paid tribute to Paul Anderson. Paul receives a kidney »

THE MINISTRY EXPANDS

1972 Additional youth homes open under the PAYH name in other states. 1974 Inducted into the Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame. 1975 Appointed member, Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Presented Branch Rickey Memorial Award, highest honor presented to a layman by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Autobiography titled, The World’s »

PAUL’S FAME EXPLODES

1956 Exceeds three world records and retains USA National AAU Weightlifting Championship. Paul wins the gold medal at the 1956 Olympic games in Melbourne, Australia. He is the last American to win Olympic Gold in the Super Heavyweight Division. 1957 “The greatest weight ever raised by a human being, 6,270 pounds in »

PAUL’S CAREER BEGINS

1950 Paul receives a football scholarship from Furman University; he begins training with weights, which results in his decision to leave Furman and concentrate on weightlifting. 1955 Establishes the first in a series of world records in the press, becoming the first man in the world to officially press 400 pounds. Wins »

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