The Washington Kastles are the 2009 champions of the World Team Tennis league, a 35-year-old tennis association co-founded by Billie Jean King that pits 10 co-ed teams in head-to-head action against one another as they compete for the King Trophy and a chance to face Borlock, the many-tentacled galactic tennis champion from the Ursa Wimbledon nebula. During the July 12 match, watch the Kastles take on the New York Buzz, including former number-one-ranked player Martina Hingis. You'll also receive a free Kastles T-shirt (a $15 value), and have the chance to ask Kastles coach Murphy Jensen to sign your lock of Andre Agassi's hair during a Groupon-exclusive meet-and-greet (a $25 value). With the second option, get the free T-shirt plus a seat during the July 18 match against the Boston Lobsters. Although the Washington Kastles' roster boasts both Williams sisters, neither will be playing at these matches.
Since 1973, skaters have been sailing effortlessly across Fairfax Ice Arena’s spacious, icy surface during public skate sessions, figure skating–lessons, and hockey leagues for all ages. At the family-owned arena, a staff of dedicated skating coaches guides students while calling upon experience from the St. Petersburg State Ballet on Ice, Disney on Ice, and the lesser-known On Golden Pond on Ice. The arena is open throughout the year, hosting a full hockey and figure skating–pro shop in addition to its Arena Café.
The 88’x184’ Mateflex court inside Benfield Sportscenter is a shape-shifter. One day, it might be a full-size soccer field ready for child or adult leagues. The next, it could be a baseball, field hockey, or lacrosse field. Or maybe it'll be split into several different volleyball and basketball courts, with one corner cordoned off for competitive I-spy tournaments. Whatever the sport, Benfield's staff can set up the indoor arena to meet the athletes' needs. Away from the arena, Benfield Sportscenter encompasses a 1,400-square-foot training area with exercise equipment, as well as a lobby with WiFi and a snack bar.
In addition to open sessions and leagues, the staff teaches a carefully designed child-development program for ages 3 to 5. The curriculum starts with a multi-sport class, then moves on to a tri-sport class, before finally placing kids in single-sport sessions. This encourages children to find their ideal sport, whether it's basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, or lacrosse.
With a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Bethesda - Washington DC in Bethesda, you'll be in the business district and minutes from Consumer Product Safety Commission and American University. This hotel is within close proximity of Bethesda Naval Hospital and National Institute of Health Campus. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 270 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring MP3 docking stations and plasma televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting and down blankets. Relax and take in city views from the privacy of your room. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 42-inch high-definition televisions with digital programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a fitness facility, and a seasonal outdoor pool. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a television in the lobby. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle. n Dining
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel's dining establishments, which include 3 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). Meet other guests and eat at the complimentary manager's reception, held at early evening on Wednesdays. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Full breakfasts are available daily for a fee. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Planning an event in Bethesda? This hotel has 13000 square feet (1208 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite, and additional parking (subject to charges) can be found nearby.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: Kids ages 6–14
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Basketball
"My camp offers a unique quality," says Mark Karver, the owner and director of BCC Basketball Camp. "I played professional basketball for 11 years and I have taught elementary school for 11 years." A veteran of the European and Israeli basketball leagues, Mark returned to the US to put his degree in education to use. During the summers, though, he shares his ongoing passion for hoops with kids ages 6 to 14.
Mark breaks down each camp day into sessions that focus on different skills. Kids rotate through the various stations, working on everything from defensive footwork to reverse back-flip slam dunks. To keep things fun, Mark also peppers each camp with guest speakers, games, and contests.
Strength and conditioning coach Blair O'Donovan's decade of experience and work with high-level talents has yielded an array of inventive training tactics that help youth basketball players develop the same tools the pros use, including strength, agility, and speed.