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MEMBERSHIP Major improvements to the Sports and Fitness area, along with the outdoor pool's popularity have stimulated new memberships. Although there are new members in every category, Family memberships are, by far, predominant. Word of mouth and two specials, one in January and one in April, serve as incentives for those who are undecided. While membership steadily increases, retention is also greatly improving. Requests for Corporate Memberships are also on the uprise, primarily due to our publicizing benefits for five or more members of a business. SPORTS AND FITNESS The biggest physical change at the JCCT occurred with the opening of the Jaffe Foundation Fitness Center. This new facility features state-of-the-art cardio vascular and strength equipment and a "Cardio-Theater" system which enables members to choose between numerous television programs or music. The new facility opened on February 9th and has experienced a dramatic use increase. To help young families utilize the new fitness area, the Center initiated a child care service. Current hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon and Monday through Thursday, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Additional Sports and Fitness programming highlights included: Youth Basketball- the largest program the Center has ever had, with 20 teams in three leagues and more than 185 children. Through generous contributions, all 20 teams were sponsored. Youth Ind6or Soccer League - 55 teams served more than 500 par6cipants. The league included high school, IV and 12 and under boys and girls leagues. Tennis, led by Jack Pepiot, can be credited with bringing in new members interested in tennis. Adult Pick Up Basketball, our most popular adult sport, continued to bring in a large group on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons. Aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Monday through Thursday evenings grew due to the child care program. Yoga and Krav Maga are new at the Center. Yoga is taught on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and on Monday and Thursday evenings. A martial arts program developed by the Israeli Army, Krav Maga is offered on Wednesday evenings. Eagles Self Defense Academy, a karate program, is taught on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons. Summer Sports, Tennis and Swimming Classes are now offered for children not in summer camp. Win A full range of water activities are offered at one of Hampton Roads' best-equipped and best-staffed aquatics facilities. Enclosed by a glass dome, our indoor pool adds to water enjoyment by offering a year- round outdoor environment. Our newer outdoor facility includes a surrounding paved apron and lawn area, a play activity area, a wading pool for toddlers, a bath house and gazebo and a unique zero-depth walk-in area. Both facilities are very popular among members. Last year, the indoor pool's utilization exceeded 36,000 visits, while the outdoor pool's shorter season brought in another 13,000. ICCT Aquatic programs are successful due to the facilities, staff and the wide range of programs designed to help members of every age and capability. JCCT Swim Instructors continue to update offerings and to teach American Red Cross Lifeguarding Lifeguarding Instructor and Water Safety Instructor classes. Teaching these classes not only maintains our staff's credentials and qualifications, but also results in individual staff members increasing their qualification level. Graduates of our courses serve as staff members at area aquatics facilities, including the JCCT. Learn-to-Swim, an Americala Red Cross Program, provides quality swim lessons by certified instructors through structured achievement levels. The core of our program, it continues to be a big draw, with 685 members and 712 non- members participating last year. In addition, JCCT instructors taught weekly swimming lessons to 70 children of the SCC. Our new association to provide swim lessons to the three- and four-year-olds of the Mustard Seeds Pre-School continues this season with another 20 students. This year, more adults (both members and non-members) participated in swim lessons, from beginners to those wishing to improve their skills. A growing and faithful group of adult lap swimmers start their days with a workout during Early Bird hours. The soothing nature of water sports and the social bonding of group activities combine for very successful Aquatics Arthritis, Aquacise and Aquatone programs. Approximately 40 people attend these classes three times a week. In addition, our Aquacise Program is offered during morning hours and the Aquatone Program during evening hours; attendance between these programs averages 30. Our summer season is always active with a large participation by young swimmers in our Pre-Camp Swim, Mid-Summer