Coach John Jenkins
Founder and President
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 husbands 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!
Coach Tremaine Chinapoo
Director of Coaches
Coach Tremaine Chinapoo was born in Baltimore, MD, and moved to Harrisburg, PA, 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, PA, and was named an All-American in high school. Tremaine was offered a scholarship to attend American University for soccer. In 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.
Coach Shannon Ellis
Special Events Coordinator
Coach Melanie Keer
Mel grew up playing many sports including soccer, basketball, volleyball, track and field, and swimming. She decided to focus on soccer 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 two 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!
Coach Bridget Rothert
Bridget was born and raised in Germantown, Maryland and has been involved in various sports her entire life. She played soccer, basketball and lacrosse in high school and then went to play basketball at the Division III level at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Bridget is currently the Graduate Assistant Basketball Coach at Marymount University in Arlington, VA and pursuing a Masters Degree in Health Education & Promotion. Teamwork, mental toughness, communication, and commitment are all valuable skills she has acquired from being involved in sports. She is a firm believer that implementing fitness and sports into young athletes' daily lives will set them up to be confident and driven for the future.
Coach Annie Jenkins
Director of Marketing & 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 2½ year certificate program in Graphic Design at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Annie is a volunteer in her spare time with the DCPS schools that her 3 children attend. Annie enjoys the opportunity to help spread the word about the Just For Kids program within the DC Metro area.