Philosophy and Mission

At John Paul II Catholic High School, we believe that athletics are an important part of the educational process. Participation in sports and in other activities are critical elements in helping our students to get to know one another and in teaching them key lessons they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. As such, we treat athletics as an integral part of our students' education, whether they are participants or spectators. We feel it is an extension of the school day, during which the learning process continues. Indeed, being a member of an interscholastic competitive athletic team, regardless of the time spent in actual competition, teaches the values of commitment, selflessness, integrity, honor, and sportsmanship. Athletics teach students the importance of working with their peers to meet a team goal and helps them learn how to accept constructive criticism. Additionally, they learn respect for others, how to win and lose with dignity, self-control, and to accept responsibility for their actions. We feel these values not only help our students to improve their academic and athletic performances, they help them to become better people.

Our sports teams will always strive to win, but never at the expense of character, healthy attitudes, and good judgment. We will always emphasize excellence, effort, improvement, and respect for coaches, teammates, and officials. All John Paul II Catholic High School athletes should be known for their character and class; humble in victory and gracious in defeat. We believe that the sports experience should not only be rewarding but fun.