The mission of the American Sokol is to provide fitness and community for individuals and families through physical, educational, cultural and social programs. First Organization: Founded in 1862 in the Czech lands, which later became Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovak Republic), the SOKOL organization continues today in the United States as a vital, thriving entity. Based on founder Dr. Miroslav Tyrs' credo of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body" 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's first unit in America was started in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1865. Sokol Cedar Rapids was founded in 1873.