We designed our athletic program as a platform for Christian discipleship, competitive sports skill development and preparation for a lifetime of enjoyment in a variety of sports and fitness activities.
Physical movement and exertion is vital if academic education is to flourish. We believe that athletics and physical training produce lifelong results in students—strengthening the body, mind, and character through discipline, skills acquisition, consistent practice, self-control, and teamwork. Our desire is to use the athletic experience as an opportunity to strengthen the Christian character by building strong mentoring relationships between athletes and coaches.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”
1 CORINTHIANS 9:24-25
Classes One through Five
Students in Class One through Five attend physical education classes two to five times per week, and many participate in extracurricular athletic programs through parent-organized and youth sports teams. As God has given us bodies finely adapted for His service, He also gives us the responsibility to nourish, strengthen, and refine our bodies in physical education and to train our them to be fit for service to God.
Classes Six through Eight
In Classes Six through Eight, students may participate in school-sponsored interscholastic sports teams, competing in the TAPS league against local private schools. The Providence athletic department is committed to glorifying God by pursuing excellence in all team sports by the shaping of our student-athlete’s character through the teaching and application of humility, integrity, discipline, hard work, and a healthy competitive spirit. The athletic program strives to be competitive, preparing our student athletes for high school athletics and beyond, as competition provides a training ground for life in a competitive world.
IN CHRIST, WE PLAY!
Although the pursuit of winning is worthy, our program is committed first to discipling our student-athletes to know and worship God through participation in athletics. Through daily devotionals and discussion, coaches shepherd our student-athletes to compete and live their lives by internalizing:
- Our identity is not based upon the results of our performance.
- We exercise faith in God, leaving the results of our efforts to His providence.
- We play with confidence because we know to whom we belong in Christ.
- We grow in Christ-like maturity by persevering through adversity.
- We glorify God as we compete our best utilizing the gifts He’s blessed us with.
COACHES AND STAFF
Our Athletics coaches and staff are passionate about coaching, mentoring, and teaching students. At Providence, our coaches aim to use each practice and game as an opportunity for discipleship and character building. We believe that athletics offers students the chance to put into practice many of the godly traits that mark the Christian faith, such as hard work, good sportsmanship, respect, integrity, and discipline.