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Winter recreation heating up for adults

(Published February 8, 1999)

By ANTHONY EDWARDS

Staff Writer

Winter is usually the one season when people start to gain weight due to a lack of physical activity. Especially adults. Children have many more opportunities to participate in lively activities year round, but they particularly have an advantage over adults during the winter months. But thatís understandable. With rain, snow and other wintry mixes consuming forecasts around the District and other cities nationwide, there just isnít much of a variety of things to do during December, January and all other frigid months of the year for adults, right?

According to officials at the D.C. Department of Recreation and Parks, thatís not right. As a part of its continued efforts to provide activities for D.C. residents, the recreation department is offering a wide array of competitive sports programs and trips to adults, 18 and older. These programs and other opportunities are sponsored by the agencyís Adult Sports Office for the purpose of cooperative interaction, healthy competition and the promotion of physical fitness.

"Our goal is to involve all District citizens in the departmentís activities," said Larry Brown, director of public affairs for the department. "By consistently maintaining our adult sports programs year round, our residents all have a chance to enjoy quality recreation."

Currently, the Adult Sports Office is offering a variety of sports leagues and programs for adults in sports such as basketball, volleyball and skiing.

Nite Owl Basketball provides young adults, ages 18 and over, with opportunities to play competitive team basketball in the evening. League play runs through February, with games being held at Langdon Park, Benning Stoddert and Patricia Harris recreation centers. Games are played on weekdays from 7 p.m. to midnight. Spring league play begins in March. Interested persons can register for the league at their neighborhood recreation center.

The skiing program offers a minimum of three trips per season to expose D.C. residents to winter sports activities. Adults and young people receive introductory, basic, and intermediate instruction in a day-long trip format culminating in a weekend ski excursion. Trips will take place Feb. 20 and March 20, with buses leaving from Anacostia Park, located at 1800 Anacostia Drive, at 8 a.m. and returning to Anacostia Park at 9 p.m.

The volleyball program is a new competitive activity being offered by the Adult Sports Office. Matches will be held at Hine Recreation Center, located at Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue S.E., on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The fee for each team is $240.

Also those interested in weightlifting can take advantage of a new program sponsored by the Anacostia Fitness/Wellness Recreation Center. The newly built facility houses a weightlifting program weekdays from 1:30 to 9 p.m., with professional instructors certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In addition to weight training, the program includes cardiovascular workouts and nutrition classes.

For more information on any of these recreational activities, call the cityís Adults Sports Office at (202) 645-3944.

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