Covenant Philosophy of Athletics

Beyond the Field and Gym

The Athletic Program at Covenant Classical of Fort Worth desires to use its unique ability to encourage, prepare, and push students toward goals. Teamwork is a beautiful way to encourage the individual to be involved with the whole. We cannot accomplish anything on our own, but we need coaches, teammates, and practice to accomplish our goals. The purpose of all games is to win, out-play, and out-strategize, with more heart and more practice than the other team. Alternatively, the purpose of sports is not the trophy at the end of the season or the glory after a victory. The purpose of the athletic program at Covenant Classical School is to equip student athletes for their lives beyond the field and court. The discipline instilled teaches us to work as a team, rely on others, and grow in character as we accomplish our goals. Our coaches, practices, games, teams, and lives shall be a product of the character of Christ and represent Him and our school in turn.

We believe this is expressed
in the following three ways:

Character

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” Rom 5:3-4

“An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” II Tim 2:5

Commitment

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Col 3:23

“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. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” I Cor 9:24-27

Community

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Prov 27:17

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers… Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” I John 3:16, 18