The YMCA has been making an impact in our community for more than 130 years. For February’s cover story, we met with individuals and families who’ve been a part of the organizations past and present to share stories and hear the reasons why they continue to support the Y.
Youth Programming With The Magelky Family
Josh and Aliceyn Magelky — along with their children Elizabeth, Caroline and Abram — sat down with us to explain their experience with the YMCA’s youth programming.
How did you get involved in the Y?
Aliceyn Magelky: My hometown had a Y, and I actually was a swimming instructor and a lifeguard there, so it’s always been the place to be. I was also a swimmer in high school so when I came to college here, I wanted to continue to workout and swim and the Y was the only place that had a pool. When Josh and I got together, I told him, “You have to be a member here. Let’s get a family membership.” It’s been like that ever since.
Josh Magelky: I’m from North Fargo and grew up going to the Downtown Y. I had swimming lessons and basketball in the winter, working out and doing that stuff growing up. It just seemed natural for the kids to be a part of the Y, too. We’re also lakes people, so it’s very important that our kids know how to swim. That was ingrained in both of us.
AM: Our kids have certainly been more involved. Unfortunately, we’ve probably been less involved using the workout portion of it, but with our kids there, it’s been a really good thing and gets both Josh and I more involved.
JM: We’ve also used the daycare option. And our kids have all went through swimming lessons. We’ve had a really good experience all around.
AM: We’ve been really excited about the changes in aquatics, too. It’s incredible having the new facility. It’s a great addition to have for the kids. Then later on, with Elizabeth entering Kindercamp — she actually had Mrs. Franchuk. I anticipated that Caroline was going to be there, but I couldn’t make it work with our schedules. Abram will do Kindercamp, most likely. It was something that was such a fantastic experience.
What do the kids love to do at the Y?
AM: Abram likes basketball and Xerzone, Elizabeth also likes Xerzone and Caroline’s favorite part is the swimming pool. I also wish more kids would do the School’s Out Day Camp because our kids love it. I don’t work full-time, so I don’t utilize it as often as I could, but sometimes they say, “Do we have to stay home with you? Can we go to School’s Out Day Camp?” And I’m like, “I guess. I was hoping we could spend some time together …”
Why do you think the Y is important to the community?
AM: I just think it’s an opportunity for all types of people to come together and it really doesn’t matter your age, sex, weight or economic background. It’s an opportunity and a place for people to do what they love in a lot of different ways. Our kids get to be active and that’s important to us. It’s honestly not too expensive, either, and they love it and have fun.
JM: I think the Y is great because there are several different options under one roof. One person can go swimming, one can play basketball or do gymnastics, and you can drop your kids off for a little bit. It’s so convenient. Seeing my kids get to do a lot of the same things I did is also amazing. I think the stability of the YMCA is always key. In my opinion, I feel like it’s going to be here when my kids have kids. It’s a great asset to the community.