Jason “JJ” Velez returns in 2017 for a fourth summer as the Director of the Camp @ Cleveland Park Club.
Originally from New York City, JJ began playing ice hockey at the age of nine in Spanish Harlem. He was one of the few (and usually the only) person of color on the ice. Hockey had a major impact on his life, keeping him off of the streets and opening doors. In 1993, he received a hockey scholarship to attend Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Connecticut. In 1996, he joined the Junior Flyers in Voorhees, New Jersey. The same year, he transferred to South Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, on a hockey scholarship. There he was named captain and received All League honors both his junior and senior years. He went on to play lacrosse at Wheaton College in Massachusetts where he graduated with a degree in U.S. History.
After college, JJ taught U.S. History at Hyde School in Bath, Maine, where he was the Assistant Dean of Students and a dorm parent. He came to Washington as the Director of Alternative Learning Center at the Hyde Public Charter School. Currently, JJ serves as the Director of AfterSchool at The Maret School in addition to leading the Camp @ Cleveland Park Club.
JJ has made a career of mentoring, tutoring and instructing students and believes in fostering safe spaces where children can learn bigger life lessons. He looks forward to another great season at the Camp @ Cleveland Park Club, sharing his positive energy and zest for summer fun with parents, counselors and campers alike.
"To promote social intercourse, recreation and sports, literature and the arts and for mutual improvement." Club Certificate of Incorporation, November 21, 1922