photo of two gymnasts on balance beamChildren & Teens

Youth Athletics Program at the JCC to offer Exciting Opportunities!

The JCC’s exciting Youth Athletics program offers children the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled fall. These classes provide numerous benefits, from improving health and fitness to forming new social connections.

Classes are open to the entire community and begin Monday, Sept. 9. Classes cater to children from preschool age through school age, and convenient before class care options are available. Transportation is also available for children in the F-M schools, all public schools within the Jamesville-DeWitt School Districts, and the Ed Smith School

“Sports offer children incredibly valuable lessons and opportunities to grow,” said Sherri Lamanna, director of gymnastics, dance, and the Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDP) physical education. “It helps them develop organization skills, teaches them how to stick to schedules, fosters sportsmanship, and so much more.” 

Here’s a list of Youth Athletics’ offerings:

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Children of all levels are welcome to learn the foundations of gymnastics, including floor, beam, bars, and vault. For more advanced gymnasts, the JCC also offers Team/Pre-Team Gymnastics which athletes are required to try out for or gain approval from a coach to join. Furthermore, the team competes against other local programs. 

Tumbling Tots 

Tumbling Tots is the JCC’s pre-gymnastics class for 3-year-olds. Children learn the basics of beam, bars, and tumble tracks.


Dance Program

Children of all ages can choose from a variety of dance classes including ballet, tap, jazz, and pre-ballet, for the youngest dancers. Dance classes allow children to express themselves in a unique way while working on flexibility, strength, and coordination. 


Children will kick into action in this program by learning the beginning ranks of CNY Karate Goju Ryu style. Offering a mix of hard and soft techniques, these Karate classes allow children to work on their fine motor skills and self-discipline. 

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Ninja Warrior

Like the popular competition show, Ninja Warrior classes put children’s skills to the test through the JCC’s obstacle course. Participants will work on their strength, agility, and problem-solving by jumping, swinging, climbing, and more. 

Rookie Sports 

Fun and sportsmanship are at the center of Rookie Sports. Children enhance their fine motor skills by practicing throwing, catching, kicking, and running. 

For more on Youth Athletics, contact Sherri Lamanna at [email protected] or 315-445-2040 x126. 


Everyone Can Run!

Presented by the Syracuse Chargers Track Club and hosted by the JCC of Syracuse, this FREE six-week program is designed to take you from walking to running! Everyone Can Run Beginners’ Program is a free training program lead by Greg Tuttle, a USATF certified coach.

Join us Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the JCC. Classes begin February 7 and continue February 14, 21, 28 and March 6, 13.

Children's Sports Classes

JCC Starts the New Year with a New Fitness Team

The New Year brings new responsibilities and new goals. Whether it be physical health, mental health, or a communal feeling, the JCC is excited to help you reach your New Year’s resolutions and make your experience at the Center even better than before! To accomplish this, the JCC has divided the previous Sports & Fitness Director role across four staff; creating the Fitness Team.

Sherri Lamanna; the Director of Health, Phys Ed, and Preschool Gym Classes, will now oversee gym rentals and scheduling for the facility. Nick Finlayson; our Membership Director will be more involved in the day-to-day operations of the Fitness Center. Paula Pacini; Group Exercise Coordinator, will also be more involved in scheduling and communication with members. Will Masiclat; Personal Trainer Coordinator, he will oversee the fitness floor and personal trainers.

The newest face, Will Masiclat, joins the team with initiative and a passion for the community that goes beyond employment. He’s been in the fitness industry for 7 years. “I am most excited to develop more involvement in the JCC Fitness program. I hope to educate our members, both new and existing, about the benefits of adding personal training or group fitness into their current workout routine so that they progress past plateaus and continue living long, healthy lives.” 

Nick Finlayson, can’t wait to get the ball rolling. “One special thing about us is that customers are not just a number. They are real people that can find many of our services anywhere but choose to spend time with us.  I feel like a healthy customer experience is something that is often overlooked in today’s world.  Here at the JCC, we strive to listen and make our members satisfied, which is pretty special nowadays” he explained.

Sherri Lamanna has worked at the JCC for 24 years. She is excited to work with the new fitness team. “I believe we all have a lot to bring to the table to make a great fitness experience for both new and existing members.” Sherri will now oversee rentals and scheduling for the gymnasium.

Paula Pacini, is constantly looking for new and improved classes to help enhance the member experience at the JCC. “I would like to have better communication with our members about what we have to offer at the JCC and help spread the word to potential members on what classes and services we provide.” 

The JCC’s upcoming “Dollar and a Dream” promotion is the perfect opportunity to experience the difference at the JCC firsthand. Join the JCC in January for just $1.00! After your first month, you will receive a 20% discount off your one-year Full-Facility Fitness Membership. Come see what the JCC has to offer!

If the  Team’s enthusiasm is any indication, the JCC is on track to see great improvement to an already stellar place. Don’t be afraid to start the new year off on the right foot, by taking advantage of our new “Dollar & a Dream” promotion and checking out all that the JCC has to offer. 

Photo of two girls hugging in gym for "Girls on The Run" program.Adults & Seniors

Girls on the Run

The JCC is excited to partner with Girls on the Run to provide a Spring Class for girls in 3rd – 5th grade. Classes will be held at the JCC on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on March 28th from 4:00 – 5:30pm. The program will be held both indoors and out depending on the weather. Participating in Girls on the Run transforms girls’ lives by helping them increase their self-confidence, develop healthy relationships, and feel good about themselves inside and out. All coaches will be full vaccinated.

Children & Teens

JCC’s Purim “Car”nival 2022

We will be having a Purim Covid Safe Festival this Sunday, March 13 @12-2pm

To schedule an appointment, please book your car’s timeslot in the booking widget below where it shows the options to “add to order” or “continue”.

  • Don’t forget to request a goody bag for each child in your car by clicking “add to order”
  • You can also add food to your purchase by clicking the “add to order” button
  • All food orders must be placed before March 1st