Catholic schools are excellent because they are holistic in nature, i.e. they educate the whole person. In addition to the spiritual and intellectual dimensions, there is a need for the physical development of each student.
Pope John Paul II, an avid sportsman himself, believes that “sports can and must contribute to the integral development of the human person.”
Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Memphis support sports programs as part of their ministry to their students. Sports promote good health, strong self-esteem, loyalty, fair play, generosity, friendship, cooperation and other positive values.
First and foremost, in the minds and hearts of all those involved in Catholic school sports programs should be the interest of the young people under their care. Every effort should be made to place competitive sports in a Christian perspective. The desire to win at all costs should be discouraged. Violence on the field, poor sportsmanship, excessive negative reinforcement, and other such inappropriate behavior should be eliminated. The emphasis should be on insuring positive reinforcement, skill development, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
It is the goal of the Board of Directors to ensure that the sports programs reflect the highest principles and teachings of the Catholic Church.