Character, Commitment and Community

The Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School Athletic Department strives to uphold our school’s mission by teaching the Christian way of competing and the Christian way of life as expressed through our three core values, which are rooted in His teachings.

Additionally, we firmly believe that by putting God first, followed by family, academics, and lastly, athletics, we help student-athletes be balanced spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Our Values

Based on our philosophy, our athletic department and team values are:

Character

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:3-4

Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.
II Timothy 2:5

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
I Corinthians 16:13

Commitment

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
Colossians 3:23

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it a slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
I Corinthians 9:24-27

He who gathers crops in the summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
Proverbs 10:5

Community

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3-4

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
I John 4:11

Goals

Based on our philosophy, our athletic department and team goals are:

Excellence

Programs focused on discipleship that honor God and are well-managed and well-executed.

Success

We strive to reach maximum potential both individually and as a team.

Additionally, we will emphasize the individual goal of Academic All-State to all of our students in grades 9 through 12. Being a great student and a great athlete is a difficult task, an admirable goal and a worthy accomplishment.

It is our desire that our athletic community —coaches, players and parents — participate in such a way that honors God and conveys a positive witness to those around us. We will be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.