Staenberg – Loup Jewish Group Middle Reopens Health Middle and Provides Household Pool Memberships in Time for Summer time


New general manager to oversee the fitness center and water sports

After the Staenberg – Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) closed for more than a year due to COVID-19 restrictions, it has just reopened its fitness center. The year-round heated outdoor pool is open to lap swimmers Since the fall, the JCC Denver announced that family memberships for the newly renovated pool are available for this summer. To oversee the fitness and water sports center, the JCC Denver hired WTS International, an organization that specializes in the management of fitness centers. Tom LaCasse from WTS International will be the new General Manager of Fitness and Water Sports Programs.

Over the past few months, the JCC has updated the fitness center to freshen it up for reopening, including painting the entire fitness center, updating cleaning procedures, and revising its programming related to WTS. JCC Denver has put in place extensive COVID-19 processes and protocols that WTS International has used to reopen other JCC facilities to ensure a safe environment for all. These updates refresh the space and improve the member experience by providing a facility that is clean, offers more reliable service and programming, and is positioned to better serve the fitness and collection needs of the community.

Several changes were made to the outdoor pool in early 2020, including renovating the pool, adding several private cabanas to the rentable pool area, adding a new play structure, lounge furniture, picnic tables and several large umbrellas to shade the pool and updating the snack shack .

LaCasse has been in the health and fitness industry for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of Metropolitan State University Denver with a degree in human performance. He has held a variety of positions with nonprofits, government agencies, corporations, and high-end health clubs. LaCasse is enthusiastic about the education and training of its employees and has experience in the acquisition of facilities, in the pre-sales area and with large openings. He has developed and delivered multi-day sales training courses and has focused on retention strategies across the country. He was previously the state director of certification for the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

“We can’t wait for the community to come back to the JCC to exercise and swim after such a long shutdown,” said Tom LaCasse, general manager of fitness and water sports at JCC Denver. “With the upgrades we’ve made and others along the way, we’re sure our members will have a great experience. We’re also excited to reopen with a renewed focus on customer service. “

More updates are expected in the fitness center in the coming months, including a new virtual platform with live and recorded fitness classes, personal training and wellness programs. The platform is free as part of the fitness membership. In addition, a new mobile app is being completed that will allow members to easily check in, reserve a lap lane, view group exercise schedules, reserve a class, and purchase personal training, pilates, or swimming lessons.

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Staenberg – Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) serves the Denver metropolitan area through educational, social, cultural, fitness, exercise, and other programs based on Jewish values. The JCC Denver mission is to create a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering space that is guided by these timeless Jewish values. JCC Denver’s four program areas focus on connection, community and wellbeing and include: a robust fitness, sports, tennis and water center; Early childhood engagement, including an early learning school and a variety of programs for families; the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, which features Jewish arts, writers, film and music festivals (JAAMM Fest), the Denver Jewish Film Festival, and the ReelAbilities Film Festival; Summer camps including Ranch Camp and Camp Shai; Engagement programming for teenagers, young adults, seniors and the LGBTQ + community. JCC Denver is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook and Instagram at @jccdenver, or call (303) 399-2660.