Recreation Center revives youth sports program

La Jolla Recreation Center’s Sharks flag-football team wins the City of San Diego Community Park 1 League Championship. Front: Landyn McKeown, Tristan Laifa, Kevin Steel, Connor Hobbs and Anthony Hall. Back: Michael Yang, Coach Erik Romero, Diego Pereyra, Jesus Mozo, Jagger Bisharat, Recreation Center Director Nicole Ann Otjens, John-Paul Hall, Cash McKeown and Wes Olmert

For the first time in more than 10 years, the La Jolla Recreation Center had a youth flag-football team in 2014, and what a comeback season the team handed the program!

Under the guidance of coach Erik Romero, with help from Recreation Center director Nicole Ann Otjens and the support of many parents, the Rec Center’s La Jolla Sharks won the City of San Diego Community Park 1 League Championship!

Commending the players, Otjens told them, “Great job La Jolla Sharks for putting La Jolla Recreation Center back on the map!”

Moving forward, the Rec Center is expanding its sports program to include basketball. Registration for youth basketball (ages 8 to 12) is open through Jan. 8 online at or by visiting the Rec Center at 615 Prospect St.