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Athletics Mission Statement
Jesuit athletics instills the core values expressed in the "Grad at Grad" by teaching young men that the greater end of competition is to achieve victory while striving toward the Magis.
These values charge our fans to support and encourage the efforts and achievements of officials, coaches, and players; charge our players to respect officials, opponents, teammates, and themselves; and charge our coaches to care for the individual as they care for the team.
Athletics at Strake Jesuit has always been an integral part of the entire school experience. Each sport within the athletic program incorporates the values and mission of the school at large.
It is the goal of the athletic department that each student-athlete will not only learn the fundamentals of his sport, but at the same time will learn lessons that will remain with him throughout his life that are grounded in the teachings of St. Ignatius and of Strake Jesuit.
One of the school’s most important and guiding documents, the Graduate at Graduation, recognizes the importance of athletics by incorporating “Physically Fit” as one of the six important features of the Grad at Grad. The document states:
|At graduation, the Strake Jesuit graduate values the ideal of a sound mind in a sound body. He appreciates his physical being as a gift from God and understands the value of working toward the goal of fully developing and maintaining his physical talents. He understands the fundamentals of human physiology and physical development and the fundamentals of maintaining personal health. Finally, he values his body as a treasure that is vulnerable to depreciation and loss if he indulges in inappropriate sexual behaviors or substance abuse. The graduate:
1. is aware of methods for maintaining personal health and hygiene.
2. takes pride in his physical appearance.
3. knows the fundamentals of good nutrition and practices good eating habits.
4. knows the fundamentals of several lifetime recreational activities.
5. participates in physical exercise on a regular basis.
6. knows major local, national, and global health problems and some of their potential solutions.
7. understands that physical activity helps him cope with stress and tension.
8. understands and is able to apply basic procedures of accident prevention and emergency care.
9. understands the biology and psychology of human sexuality.
10. understands the value of and need for self-discipline.
11. recognizes the potential danger of using chemical substances and acts responsibly.
Jesuit fields teams in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, cross country, water polo, swimming, golf, tennis, lacrosse, track & field, rugby and wrestling. While the actual numbers fluctuate from year to year, each year approximately 80% of the students annually participate in Jesuit athletics.
In the 2003-2004 school year, Strake Jesuit became a member of the Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) and began competing with public schools and vying for UIL championships. (The football program began UIL play in the fall of 2004.)
As the UIL has no league play for Water Polo or Lacrosse, those sports compete in other leagues. The Lacrosse team plays in the Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) and the Water Polo teams completes in the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (TISCA).
Positive Coaching Alliance
In an effort to provide the most positive experience for its athletics, Jesuit is a partner with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). The PCA is a Stanford University-based non-profit organization that works with coaches and parents to more effectively teach young athletes not only how to win, but also how to learn about teamwork, discipline, respect, and goal-setting through their sports experience. To learn more about Jesuit's alliance with the PCA, click here