Coach John Jenkins grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey, a small town where there were ample places to run, play and work off some energy.
John started his journey by getting his Personal Training Certificate and becoming a P.T. at Georgetown’s Definitions Gym. While getting himself into tip-top shape, he realized there was a need for children to be taught the importance of being physically fit at an early age.
John’s wife Annie came on board in summer 2006 as a swim instructor and yoga instructor. Annie is a Budding Yogi certified yoga instructor and shares her husband's passion for fitness. Since 2006, they have collaboratively been adding classes and seeing more than 400 kids a week.
Over a thousand children have participated in Just For Kids programs since its creation in September of 2002, and Coach John hopes to see many more! He knows that an active child is a happier, healthier child!
A native to Virginia, Annie Jenkins grew up in McLean and attended Potomac School where she first learned to play lacrosse and field hockey. Annie went on to attend George School, located outside of Philadelphia, where she continued to play field hockey and lacrosse. She enjoyed being captain of her lacrosse team her last two years there.
Annie went on to attend Yale College but didn’t return to lacrosse until later years, following a long stint living in Costa Rica and a few years after her return to the US. Once she met and began dating John Jenkins, owner of Just For Kids, she jumped headlong into assisting her soon-to-be husband and fell in love with coaching little kids. From there it was a simple side step to introducing lacrosse skills classes to the Just For Kids coaching repertoire.
While Annie has and is willing to coach any sport from soccer to sports and movement, yoga and more, her true love is building confidence in young girls as they acquire and hone their lacrosse skills, hopefully preparing to enter leagues or join school teams where they can truly grow and blossom from a strong foundation of practiced skills. Sports were fundamental in forming Annie’s character and approach to the world and she believes sports offer girls a safe haven and an amazing environment to grow, learn and build strong friendships and self esteem.
Annie has taught lacrosse skills classes since 2012 for Just For Kids. She has also coached her daughter’s lacrosse teams (3 seasons per year) since 2015 and coached the Hardy Middle School girls lacrosse team for their first two years as a middle school program, starting in 2018. This last year, Annie and the Hardy team won the Washington DC city championship. She is a US Lacrosse certified Level 2 coach and pursuing her final, Level 3 certification this year. She is also picking up field hockey again after a long hiatus, assisting Coach Vernon, and will pursue US Field Hockey certifications in 2019, as well.
Director of Operations/Coach
Coach Tremaine Chinapoo was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at a young age. In Pennsylvania, he played many sports including soccer, basketball, football, hockey, and track and field, but eventually decided to focus on soccer and fitness.
During high school, Tremaine played for club team FC DELCO in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was named an All-American in high school. Tremaine was offered a scholarship to attend American University for soccer. In Washington, DC, he was a four-year starter and competed in two Patriot League championship tournaments.
Since graduation, Tremaine has been coaching local soccer teams in the area. He looks forward to furthering his coaching education by taking soccer courses in the local area.
Mel grew up playing many sports including soccer, basketball, volleyball, track and field, and swimming. She decided to focus on soccer and went on to college to play soccer on a scholarship to the George Washington University. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science in May 2014. Over the last three years, she has taught primary PE at Horace Mann Elementary and loves the ability to work with kids of all ages! She looks forward to getting the Just For Kids children as excited about sports as she is!
Jodie was born in Maryland and has lived in many states growing up but the one consistent thing in her life was the love of soccer. All through her childhood, she played on her school team and travel team. She went to Frostburg State University to study early childhood education. While attending FSU, she played as a center mid-fielder for four years. She continued at FSU to get her Masters in education while working as their assistant coach for two years. Jodie has a background in early childhood education and has been coaching ages 18 months to collegiate athletes over 15 years.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Annie joined the Just For Kids team in 2015 and came on board to help with marketing, design, scheduling, registration, and communications. Annie is originally from Washington, DC and went to college at Wheaton College in Massachusetts where she earned her B.A. in Art History. After graduation, she then completed a two and a half year certificate program in Graphic Design at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Annie is a volunteer in her spare time with the DCPS schools that her three children attend. Annie enjoys the opportunity to help spread the word about the Just For Kids program within the DC Metro area.
Alyssa's bio coming soon!