The True Head of our Athletic Department
The Cornerstone Christian School has developed the athletic program to serve as a vehicle by which the goals and objectives set forth in the schools' statement of mission and purpose can be fulfilled. Jesus Christ is recognized as the true head of the school, therefore He is also the head of the athletic program. The athletic program is designed to develop and provide an environment in which student athletes have opportunities to develop and grow in many different areas of life including spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, cultural, vocational, and physical aspects. Building character through athletics includes the development of sportsmanship, loyalty, cooperation, teamwork and spiritual growth.
- Physical fitness activities, whether in competition or for leisure, promote mental preparedness, emotional stability, and spiritual strength. Competition at the interscholastic level offers opportunity to display Christian character while facing various and sometimes difficult circumstances. The athletic program is a part of the total educational program at CCS. It is always our goal for our students to learn that all abilities should be used "as for the Lord rather than for men" (Colossians 3:17,23). It is our desire for our students to grow as Jesus did, "in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men" (Luke 2:52).
- Every athletic team values teamwork. At Cornerstone, as we strive to build unity and community, we focus on the One who strengthens us in that endeavor. "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 15:5,6).
- The talents each student has been given are a gift from God and are designed for a purpose. Each student has a responsibility to invest those talents as wisely as possible (Proverbs 16:4).
It is our goal that by participating in Cornerstone athletics, our students will:
- Recognize that athletic ability is a gift from God and should be developed along with the academic, spiritual, emotional and social aspects of their lives
- Learn to define personal values and understand the importance of functioning within the bounds of high moral standards, as exemplified by Christ
- Interact with other students and with people outside of our school community as an effective witness
- Develop the skills necessary for their sport of choice
- Strive for excellence in their playing and skill development; recognizing that God calls us to give our best effort and that excellence is accomplished in ways other than winning
- Learn important life lessons such as responsibility, encouragement, commitment, dedication, honest and fair play, self-confidence (through God) and humility
- Give all the glory to God, for He is the source of their talent
- Respect authority
- Recognize that being a part of an athletic team is a privilege, not a right; athletes are servants, not lords