Who doesn’t love the roar of the crowd toward the end of an exciting game? Or the thrill of taking a last-chance shot at the goal or at the basket? Or a runner surging toward the tape despite exhaustion, or a swimmer stretching for the wall to set a school record?
And yet, athletics are often filled with disappointment as well. Not every goal or basket is made, and sometimes runners or swimmers from other teams are faster. Sometimes people foul out or strike out. And frequently people simply make mistakes.
Either way, high school athletics are a source of indelible memories for many students. At The Epiphany School of Global Studies, athletic experiences also provide an education beyond the classroom walls. Competition itself is filled with learning moments. Not only do student athletes encounter opportunities for fair play, sportsmanship, and support, but they also learn the importance of always striving to do their best, even if others are more talented. Our athletic program teaches the value of discipline, respect, integrity, and character—while also requiring students to prioritize their time when it comes to academics. We help our students become more cognizant of their health, and as they learn to enjoy exercise, we hope the good habits they’ve created will continue for the rest of their lives. In other words, we view our playing fields and courts as places to learn, grow, and be challenged while maintaining honor, respect, integrity, and the principles of good sportsmanship.
The Falcon Athletics Program at Epiphany is intended to enrich the lives of our scholar-athletes. Though our program is highly competitive and competes annually, and has won the 2013 Wachovia Cup—which signifies the best overall sports program among small independent schools in the state—the school will never lose sight of the idea that we are an educational institution first. As such, all students are encouraged, and qualified, to participate in high school athletics.