SFCA offers a variety of sports to our students who are in grades 6-12. Through our sports programs, students have the opportunity to develop their physical skills and abilities, to work with team members, and to express and promote Christian values and attitudes. All of this is accomplished within a competitive framework where our coaching staff encourages our student athletes towards excellence on a daily basis!
Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” This verse is a great reminder to our student athletes, our coaching staff and parents that our primary purpose in our athletic program here at SFCA is for all involved to become more Christ-like. It is vital that everyone gives their best effort while representing our Lord, SFCA, McGregor Baptist Church, their team and themselves. Ultimately, we never want to forget who we are playing and coaching for.
Within this competitive framework, it can become very easy to lose our focus, alter our perspective, and place too much importance on winning and losing. We understand success is not only determined by the scoreboard and performance, but also by the satisfaction that comes from knowing we did our very best in regards to effort and attitude while on the field of play. While the quest for victory is a part of any athletic contest, our commitment to Christ demands we reject the “winning at all cost” philosophy so prevalent in our culture today. Instead, we desire to develop within our students a perspective on athletics that is consistent with our Christian heritage. These demands place a significant responsibility on the coach who is called at all times to be a Christian role model for our students regardless of the score, the circumstances, or other pressures that naturally arise during competition.
I often say, the majority of our athletes will not become future NFL, WNBA or MLB professional athletes. It is important, though, to always keep in mind every one of our current student athletes will become a future mother or father, husband or wife and future businessman or businesswomen in the community. With this in mind, it is crucial we understand the role interscholastic athletics can play in helping to build a foundation for each of these roles.
On behalf of the coaching staff, I want to let you know we look forward to striving towards athletic excellence with you in all of our programs here at SFCA!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all.
Coach Mark Ackerman