My Y Story

Ken Opstein


ken1The fact that Ken Opstein is currently our oldest active member would fool a lot of people in the Y community. He just turned 92 years old but you’re likely to see him at the Y every other day! More than just a familiar face, Ken is one of our most active members – from the Wellness Center to the basketball courts.

And oddly enough, Ken didn’t even join the Y until his 89th birthday. He hadn’t had much downtime in his life before; he worked until he was 87 years old!

Now, Ken comes to the Y to shoot hoops in the gym where he challenges himself to make 3 shots in a row from 18 different spots on the court before he can finish. He also works out on FreeMotion machines in the Wellness Center.

The Y has provided Ken a place to visit where he can remain active. “It’s been very helpful… I firmly believe that being and staying active leads to a longer life.”

And boy, has he ever been active!

Opstein has worked as a sportswriter, magazine editor, college teacher, insurance salesman, business owner and at the American embassy in Rome, Italy. He also sponsored a fast pitch softball team that won four international titles in the 1980s and 1990s and owned racehorses – including Gate Dancer – the winner of the 1984 Preakness Stakes.

Now retired in Sioux City, Ken has the time and more importantly – a welcoming place – to perfect his jump shot. ken2