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Bakers find Fergus Falls YMCA a special part of their family

Published 9:29am Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hope and Adam baker typify all the good things of the Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA.

They represent the 3 principles of the YMCA to perfection – youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Adam is from Indianapolis and Hope from nearby Underwood, MN. They met while Adam was at Minnesota State to play football and attend school and Hope worked part-time at the YMCA.

It was a natural fit. Both had keen interests in sports and athletics and a strong desire to be active and fit. While Adam’s main interest is football, Hope participated in volleyball, basketball and track in high school.

They both agree the YMCA is a special part of their family. Their four kids, Lydia, 10, Ezrah 8, Trinity 5 and Jezreel, 2, are being raised with similar sentiments.

“We both feel athletics and fitness are key parts of life,” says Adam. “It’s very important to remain active, especially after college. Fitness is important to both of us and we hope our kids learn that.”

Those elements of the YMCA sometimes take a back seat during the summer months, Adam admits. Their emphasis is often on outdoor activities while things “slow” at the y for the summer.

“The kids get a little bored there during the summer, but we all get much more active in the winter,” Hope explains. “We feel it’s good to introduce them to being active and they’ve been very receptive to it.”

Hope still works at least one day a week at the YMCA and is also a hair stylist. But she readily admits her no.1 priority is being a “stay at home mom.’’

The social aspects of the YMCA are an added bonus for the family, Hope adds. She says mornings at the facility are especially enjoyable and says the community of Fergus Falls is extremely fortunate to have such a facility.

Adam teaches accounting at Moorhead State University – mostly online. So days are often long and hectic at their household, but they’re hoping their efforts to instill the importance of remaining fit and active in their kids pays off in the long run.

That will likely help them keep up the pace their parents have endured through their formative years.

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