Our goal is to develop and train the whole student … body, mind and spirit. We are fulfilling that goal by training students to live responsible and successful lives based upon the truths of the Word of God.
Southwest Christian Academy believes that quality education is inclusive of the opportunity to participate in a quality athletic program. An athletic program is “extracurricular” only in the sense that student involvement is a voluntary privilege, and requires an investment of considerable time outside the regular school day. Therefore, with these opportunities available, students are expected to represent the school as a part of the Christian community with exemplary behavior wherever they go, confident that the public will take notice. A Bible verse that should shape every coach and athlete is Philippians 1:27:
"Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ…”.
It is vital that each student involved with the athletic program realize that no matter how formidable the opposition, a team competes to win. Every athlete should strive to be first. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 9:24:
"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” (NAS).
Athletes are to be coached and are to play in such a way as to win, to expect victory. On the other hand, the athlete must know that there is no shame or disgrace to a team that plays its best, yet is behind at the end of the contest.
The strength of any athletic program lies in its ability to develop character traits such as cooperation, determination, perseverance, self-control, sportsmanship, humility, commitment, and maturity. Because these traits are parts of the fruit of the Spirit, discussed in Galatians 5:22, an athletic program is invaluable to the Christian school and the Christian community.
Southwest Christian Academy is committed to training and developing our students for Christian service and leadership. If the positive characteristics mentioned above are practiced over time and reinforced, the student will carry them with confidence into the adult years. Athletics is not the whole answer to character development at our school, but is highly significant in its contribution to the whole student.