Fans of athletic activities at the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington have new reason to celebrate with the announcement that work has begun on a new Sportsplex.
The Bender JCC’s Inclusive Sportsplex Pavilion and Field project involves upgrades to the JCC’s existing athletic fields, which began this summer, wheelchair accessible outdoor restrooms, and the construction of a new three-season sports and recreation pavilion, according to a press release. The JCC will break ground on the pavilion this fall.
“The Sportsplex is the Bender JCC’s latest investment in our campus and supports a long-standing goal to enhance, provide access to, and better utilize our outdoor spaces,” said Bender JCC CEO Josh Bender in a press release.
The project is being funded through multiple sources, including gifts, awards and grants from different local and national governments and foundations. A dedication ceremony is planned for early next year to honor these funders.
The project will also involve a five-year partnership with Potomac Soccer Association, which will also make use of the new outdoor spaces, allowing Bender JCC members to participate in the sport.
“The pandemic taught us that the Bender JCC plays a central role in connecting our broader
Montgomery County community,” said Daryle Bobb, acting chair of the Bender JCC’s board of directors, according to the press release.