The primary goal of our athletic program is to bring glory to God in all that we do while developing a godly character in each student-athlete. To achieve this goal the athletic director and coaches encourage the student-athletes to perform to the best of their ability, which God has given to them. We want to strive for excellence in all we do (Col. 3:23). By developing and using the talents, which God has given us, we honor Him.
Coaches, in addition to teaching their specific sport’s skills, also teach and model godly character traits throughout the season. Athletics is an area where scriptural principles can not only be taught, but also directly applied curing the stress and drama of competition. Some of the character traits that are emphasized during the season are:
- Humility. Recognizing that my achievements would not have been possible without the assistance of God and others. (1 Cor 10:12, Gal 6:14, Prov 27:2, James 4:6) Win? Give glory to God.
- Respect for Authority. Recognize that God places those in authority over us including officials, coaches and school leadership. (Rom 13:1-7) Practice giving respect regardless of your opinion of right or wrong.
- Gratefulness. Expressing appreciation to God and other for the benefits they have brought to my life. (1 Thes 5;18, Col 5:20, 1 Cor 4:7) Thank God for the ability to compete regardless of the outcome and thank those who made the contest possible.
- Teamwork. We all have different gifts according to the grace given to us (Rom 12:4-6) which are combined to further the kingdom of God. Teamwork is an integral part of God’s kingdom and is vital to success in athletics.
- Perseverance and Steadfastness. Having inward strength to withstand stress as you press toward the goal. (Gal 6:9) Develop physical, mental and spiritual endurance that you might prevail despite circumstance.
- Fellowship. Fellowship with other teams reinforces and recognizes that we are all members of God’s team. Opposing teams are not our enemy but simply an opportunity to test and sharpen ourselves through competition (Prov 27:17). Strive for fellowship through pre-game prayer for the other team and encouraging and helping injured opponents as you would your own teammates. They are after all your brother or sister in Christ (1 Peter 2:17).
- Sacrifice. Assuming personal sacrifice for the good of the team in every situation. Learning to think beyond oneself and put others first. Supply other’s needs without thought of personal gains. (1 Cor 13:4-5)
- Responsibility and Commitment. Honor your commitments to your team and to yourself. Take responsibility for your actions, your gifts and the belongings entrusted to you.