"Sports teach us that we were made to praise,"
Chris Broussard, ESPN analyst and Jesus-follower
At Bethany, we recognize that sports can play a valuable role in the development of a child's emotional, physical, and spiritual life. Spiritually, sports indeed point to our God-given desire to praise: to cheer for our heroes, to stand on our feet and shout in triumph, to be part of something bigger than ourselves. While teams, players, and sports are an unworthy and ultimately unsatisfying object of our affection, they serve as an ever-present reminder in our culture of the fact we are wired for joy through struggle.
By keeping sports in their proper perspective, never allowing them to be an end in themselves, we can enjoy them to their fullest.
At BCS, our middle school PE and after-school athletics programs are designed to help kids feel confident about their physical fitness, discover talents, and increase their athletic abilities. In PE, we provide opportunities for all kinds of athletic abilities to achieve success. From swing dance to cross country running, we strive to find something that each child can feel confident in. Because physical fitness is a life-long pursuit, we want kids to leave BCS with basic knowledge of a variety of fun physical activities they can participate in throughout their lives.
Our after-school Athletic Program offers competitive, serious teams for kids who want to further develop their athletic abilities. We are part of the Foothill Sports League and play other private schools in the area in girls and boys flag football, basketball, and volleyball. Our teams usually practice twice/week and have an additional day per week for games. All practices and games are immediately after school, during the week.
The basic goals of our Athletics Program are:
1. Increased skills
2. Fun, supportive team environment
3. Developing good sportsmanship
4. Teaching balance between school, sports, and other commitments
5. Preparation for success in high school athletics
Participation in the athletic program is dependent upon a student's academic record and citizenship. The Athletic Director stays in close contact with teachers to ensure that Athletics enhances, rather than detracts, from academic performance.
Playtime is determined by each coach, with the goal that all students will play in most games. Playtime is dependent not only upon performance and ability, but citizenship, attitude during practices, and academic standing. While the Lions love to win, the greater goal is helping each player develop as an athlete and a team player and to enjoy the season.