The philosophy of the St. Matthew’s after school sports program encompasses the physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs of the student-athlete. We do not center purely on the physical skill of a player, but rather we are supportive, nurturing, and disciplined in our approach. At St. Matthew’s we strive to be competitive, but also allow for full participation by every member of the team. Our philosophy is one of inclusion; there are no “cuts." Everyone who comes out for a team and attends practices and games is considered an integral and meaningful part of the team. Our aim is to teach basic skills and strategy to further the potential of every athlete. We also want to instill teamwork and sportsmanship at every level. It is our belief that participation in sports helps a child develop not only physical skills and get exercise, but strengthen friendships, have fun, learn to play as a member of a team, value fairness and integrity, and improve confidence. Our goals are threefold:
- for the serious graduating student athlete to be prepared for the high school level if that is his or her desire;
- for all graduating students to learn the values of teamwork, fairness, honesty and responsibility, often best taught through team sports; and
- for all graduating students to carry with them an appreciation of physical activity as a tool to becoming healthy adults who are motivated to remain healthy.