The philosophy of sports at Faith Christian School is driven by a Christian worldview. The world’s philosophy emphasizes man and his talent, and purposes to focus on and glorify the athlete. At Faith, we see sports as being Christ-centered, focusing on God’s glory, with the purpose of building godly character in the lives of the athletes. We never participate in sports to be number one or to defeat all our “foes.” We compete and play to the best of our ability to glorify and honor God.
Sports are an important part of the life of a young person. Much can be taught on the athletic field or court that can be directly related to life. Body life as described in Romans 12:4-6 is demonstrated on sports teams. Character and attitude are stressed as just as important as skill building. Athletes learn how to deal with a variety of common life experiences such as winning, losing, adversity, pain, etc. from a Christian perspective.
One of the evidences of giving our all and working together as a team is winning the contest. Therefore, winning is a worthy goal for which Faith teams will always strive. It is, however, not the primary goal. It is feasible that we will put players on the bench whose attitudes are not proper, and thereby lose an otherwise winnable game. By doing so, the athlete learns that his or her attitude is just as essential as skill, and when he or she has a poor attitude, the whole team is affected. It is also possible that not every athlete will play in every game. If the older, more skilled players are working together and are playing with proper attitudes, it is the coach’s prerogative to leave them in the contest for as long as there is a reasonable expectation of succeeding in victory.