Step into our sports program and you will find it’s not about just you, but about the team. We’re not a school that gives out blue ribbons and kudos just to make you feel good. You’ll need to earn them through hard work, good sportsmanship, and great teamwork.
Grace Prep sports is about the experience. As we often say, every one of our students should experience “winning a close game, losing a close game, and wearing a uniform” as part of a team. We see our sports programs as an opportunity to build spiritual strength, physical strength, and moral character–and have fun!
The “Grace Prep Way”
When we “do sports” right, we produce results like Paul describes in 2 Peter 1:5-9: So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love.
So how do you achieve the excellence of that verse?
1. A Grace Prep athlete plays hard. Your success on the field and court is not about winning and losing but about playing hard and “leaving it all on the field.” If a coach tells you to work harder, it’s not about winning but about character.
2. A Grace Prep athlete encourages teammates. Comments made to other teammates should be encouraging in the spirit of Ephesians 4:29: Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
3. A Grace Prep athlete is obedient to coaches as well as game officials. Read this one closely and remember it. Don’t talk back, argue, or disagree with coaches or officials in a public manner.
4. A Grace Prep athlete treats the other team and officials with respect. Outplay our opponent and do it an honorable and godly manner. This step involves not embarrassing an opponent, asking forgiveness for any perceived dirty play, and lending a hand to help an opponent up during play stoppages. Treat the refs well too. Get the ball and hand it to them whenever you can.
5. A Grace Prep athlete demonstrates humility. Don’t bring attention to yourself through ungodly actions. Faking an injury, throwing your hands up at an official’s call, or flopping on the basketball court is not who we are. We want to celebrate our successes with each other but not in a way that brings attention to ourselves. Win. Win big. Don’t rub it in. It’s not a godly or a good strategy.
6. A Grace Prep athlete knows this verse by heart and can quote it anywhere, anytime.
I Corinthians 9:25-27:
All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
2016 Grace Prep Girls’ Soccer
2016 Grace Prep Boys’ Soccer
2016-17 Grace Prep Girls’ Basketball
2016-17 Grace Prep Boys’ Basketball