Philosophy of Athletics
Participation in interscholastic athletics at Traverse City Christian School represents an opportunity for young men and women to enter into a discipleship relationship with other Christians. The word "disciple" comes from the root word meaning "discipline". Training on a team requires various forms of self-discipline, such as attentiveness, obedience, patience and hard work. Biblical principles and character traits can be built into the lives of young people while participating as a member of a team, with the help of Christian coaches who view their position from a Biblical perspective.
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Christians are described as running a race, and commanded to do so in such a way that they may win. Thus, the competitive spirit is a part of the Christian life and can be used to help young people develop excellence in all endeavors. The passage also calls competitors to exercise self-control in all things: training their bodies, maintaining their focus, and striving for victory.
Also indicated in this passage is that every race has a goal. Paul claims he runs in such a way, as not without aim (v.26). Stemming from this philosophy, the athletic programs of Traverse City Christian School will be goal-oriented. Participation in athletics gives young men and women realistic and attainable goals, rewarding those who maintain their focus and who direct their efforts toward reaching those goals.
Finally, In Romans 12.4-21, the Christian's call to teamwork is representative and instructive of God's vision for the body of Christ. The Body is one team made up of many members, each member contributing a different, yet equally important, function. Thus, one team member should not rank himself more highly than another, but rather use his unique gifts to contribute a valuable part to the total team effort. Athletes are to compete for an audience of one, Jesus Christ. In humbly accepting praise, one should never forget where real credit belongs.
Athletics at Traverse City Christian Schools are a part of the total educational program. It is beneficial for those who participate directly, but also for those who cannot be team members.
The program is to provide:
- Extra-curricular activities for students within the framework of competitive athletics. By focusing oneducational outcomes, athletics provides avenues for physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth.
- An arena for using athletic activities to develop the whole person; focusing on athletic activities to
- develop teamwork, self-discipline, self-control, character development, faithfulness, consistency,
- perseverance, public presentation, leadership and competition.
There are fees charged to participate in the sports programs to cover the cost of equipment, paying officials and other expenses. Please see each schools' Athletics web page for deatils on sports fees:
Home School students that participate in our athletic programs should refer to the Home School Program for information about particiapting in sports at Traverse City Christian.
Scholarships are available through the financial office if needed.
|2001||Girls Ski Team||Champs|
|2003||Girls Ski Team||Champs|
|2003||Boys Ski Team||Champs|
|2004||Girls Ski Team||Champs|
|2011||Boys Basketball||Won title|
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