The Bender JCC offers sports programs for all ages in a variety of sports. Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned athlete, the Center has leagues and classes for members to stay active, get fit, and explore new hobbies.
Sports and Recreation Programs
Karate Kang’s Blackbelt Academy, the Bender JCC’s karate program promotes a non-competitive lifestyle, inner balance and discipline. We offer a variety of classes for all age-ranges and ability levels.
GymnasticsOur gymnastics program helps children develop balance, flexibility and coordination, as well as social skills including confidence and self-esteem.
BasketballParticipants learn the fundamentals of the game, such as ball-handling, shooting and defense. Two levels of classes offer in depth instructor.
Multi-SportsPerfect for sports fanatics, we offer a variety of multi-sports programs to keeps kids active and engaged. Participants enjoy floor hockey, basketball, dodge ball, T-ball, tennis and more!
Youth VolleyballThis introduction to volleyball is intended to take beginners or experienced youth volleyball players to the next level. Learn proper technique, skills and strategies, and participate in small-sided games. Instruction will be given by college athletes and coaches with the additional opportunity to meet and learn from professional athletes.
Youth LeaguesJoin the redesigned Youth Basketball league this winter where participants learn sport fundamentals in a high-energy, competitive setting. League includes game-play and instruction.
JCC Maccabi Games & Mid-Atlantic Jr. Games
JCC Maccabi Games
Created to promote community service, sportsmanship, and religious pride, the JCC Maccabi Games are a week-long Olympic-style event for young athletes aged 13-16. Held in different locations throughout the United States every summer, the games generate enthusiasm and excitement for everyone involved.
Mid-Atlantic Junior Games
The Mid-Atlantic Junior Games offer a one-day sports experience for Jewish athletes ages 10-12, modeled after the JCC Maccabi Games (a week-long Olympic-style event held in different locations throughout the United States every summer for athletes ages 13-16). The Jr. Games draw participants from Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York for a day of spirited competition in team and individual sports!
Tryouts have concluded for the Jr. Games. If you have questions for our coaches, please contact them via e-mail:
- Boys Basketball – Michael Strickland – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Girls Basketball – Anthony Hunter – email@example.com
- Boys Soccer – Dan Reichmann – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Girls Soccer – Tamier Bennaim – email@example.com
- Baseball – Harvey Reich – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tennis – Carol Levinson – email@example.com
- Swimming – Sam Cartner – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chess – Sarah Weissman – email@example.com
- Four Square – Sarah Weissman – firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Sports & Recreation
Love a good softball game? The Bender JCC’s active co-ed softball league is always on the lookout for a few good players! Interested in joining in? Contact Anthony Hunter at email@example.com.
What is Mamanet?
Mamanet is a community sport league of Cachibol (like volleyball) founded in Israel. It’s a a great opportunity to meet other moms in the community while having fun playing weekly games.
Tournaments are planned throughout the year for Kickball, Basketball, Volleyball, Mamanet, Dodgeball, and more. Adult athletes can sign up as a team or single player. Teams will play at least two games, and great prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Contact Anthony Hunter with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pick-Up Games: Basketball, Volleyball, Squash/Racquetball
The Weinberg Health & Fitness Center at the Bender JCC boasts two racquetball courts, an international squash/racquetball court, and a full-size basketball court. Open basketball in the gymnasium for members: Sundays, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Racquetball court reservations are available in one-hour blocks for two players and two-hour blocks for four players, and are accepted no more than 48 hours prior to your desired playing time. To reserve a racquetball court, call 301-881-0100 or stop by the Front Desk. Learn more by checking our Racquetball FAQs.
Join a pick-up game or shoot hoops during open gym. See the January 2017 Gymnasium Schedule.
Questions about sports leagues and recreation at the Bender JCC? Contact us!