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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. 


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