Contacts for Sports, Fitness, and Aquatics

SFA Director
Paula Cole
(703) 537-3049

Aquatics Director and SFA Associate Director
Teodora Albu
(703) 537-3053

Fitness Director
Matthew Alvin
(703) 537-3050

Sports and Wellness Director
Allison Colman
(703) 537-3052

Exercise and Wellness Coordinator
Keri Drugan
(703) 537-3028

SFA Staff
Petya Ivanova

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Sports, Fitness, & Aquatics

Programs in the Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Department meet the needs of individuals of all ages and levels of ability. Click below to learn more.

About the Sports, Fitness, and Aquatics Department

The Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Department is partially underwritten by the following funds:
SFA Fund, Stephen Reich Endowment Fund, Goulde-Kamen Endowment Fund

The focus of the Sports, Fitness and Aquatics (SFA) Department can be seen in the array of interactive fitness and physical educational programs offered for people of all ages (preschool-age to adult). The department creates opportunities for individuals to get healthy and fit, meet and make new friends, and encourage and support individuals to begin and/or continue their fitness journeys. The SFA department offers a wide-variety of health and wellness opportunities including a lifestyle and weight management program, women’s basketball league, youth leagues, cycling and running clubs, group exercise classes, personal training, swim teams, and senior strength training.

The SFA facilities are open seven days per week, for a total of 104 hours. On a weekly basis, the department offers more than 40 group exercise classes, more than 40 personal training sessions, 4 preschool sports classes, 12 preschool swim classes, more than 30 private swim lessons, 15 swim team practices, and 3 master swim practices.

In 2012, the JCCNV Sports and Fitness Department received a top rating for a quality health club from the Washington Consumers' Checkbook Magazine. Click here to learn more.

Percent of customers rating firm superior for:

  1. Overall value for your money 85%
  2. Quality/maintenance of facilities and equipment 90%
  3. Cleanliness 90%
  4. Adequacy of facilities/equipment for demand 65%
  5. Quality of instruction 100% (no other club received 100% in this category)
  6. Availability of organized group activities 93%
  7. Friendliness 95%
  8. Providing what the sales staff promised 94%

School's Out - It's Fun and Relaxation Mode for Kids!

clientuploads/SFA/Paula Cole.jpgPaula Cole, SFA Director

This summer, gather your family and head to the great outdoors for some family fitness fun! From rock climbing, hiking, biking, and camping, to outdoor concerts, movies, and farmers markets, there are plenty of summer activities that are sure to keep you and your family happy and healthy.

Summer Sports Programs are a great way for kids to make new friends, socialize, and get a good workout, all at the same time. Kids’ sports can be organized into formal leagues, loose pick-up games, scheduled classes, or even neighborhood gatherings. Let the children decide which sports they want to play, and in what surroundings, but remember — it is extremely important that they are first taught proper techniques and safety precautions before starting their new sport. Enjoying the Outdoors. Take hikes through nature trails to discover local wildlife; swim in pools or nearby lakes, rivers or the ocean; bike to new neighborhoods; and host slip and slide sprinkler parties to get moving. Being outdoors not only provides kids the exercise they need to stay healthy, but also introduces them to exciting new environments to learn about and explore.

At Home. During the summer, some children find it difficult to resist the urge to plop down on the couch and watch television, surf the web, or play video games all day. If possible, take the temptation out of the house or suggest that these sedentary activities be done after their daily physical activities. Keep the physical activity fun and have your children come up with their own weekly exercise schedule that you help them with.

Some activities that will keep the whole family moving while burning calories are:

  • Rock Climbing. The LIVESTRONG Foundation says that rock climbing is a lot like solving a puzzle, giving your brain a mental workout as you figure out the best way to reach the top. Depending on your weight, climbing a rock wall will burn between 660–976 calories per hour.
  • Playing in the Sand. Building a sand castle can burn 100 calories per hour, but — if you build the castle further away from water, you can burn between two and three times more calories!
  • Hula Hooping is a really fun way to burn calories and have fun with your family at the same time. You don’t have to be a kid to do this work out. Newer hula hoops are made to weigh more, making them easier to twirl.
  • Biking on the sand can burn between 380–760 calories per hour, depending on your weight and speed. According to LIVESTRONG, an individual weighing 130lbs will burn around 175 calories after 45 minutes of biking at a leisurely pace on the street.
  • Tennis. You can burn up to 544 calories per hour playing a singles tennis match. For women, playing a doubles tennis match can burn 289 calories for a 30-year old, or 269 calories for a 50-year old.
  • Love the City You Live In. Enjoy your summer by getting involved in your community. Check out summer plays, concerts, movies, farmers markets, and more happening in your city or neighborhood.

Tips for a summer of fun:

  • Get discounts for anything and everything.
  • Ask for the deal of the day or a discount.
  • Take sunscreen if you are going to be outside. A child with a sun burn is no fun.
  • Don’t over plan. Enjoy your summer break with your kids by staying sane.
  • Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.


Healthy habits are a life choice. At the JCCNV, we’re looking for sponsors dedicated to supporting the wellness mission through education, programming and awareness campaigns. If you are interested in reaching our community of men and women, individuals and families who choose to live an active lifestyle, please contact Allison Colman for sponsorship and partnership opportunities.