– Ann Lowney, Everest Collegiate High School & Academy, Athletic Director
For Greater Glory
“It’s not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.” This phrase from Grantland Rice’s 1908 Alumnus Football poem is often quoted in some form or another in the world of sports. As straightforward as it is, it has come to mean different things to different people.
Within the athletic program at Everest Collegiate High School & Academy, Rice’s phrase takes on a specific meaning that is understood by all who play sports for the school. On the field and on the court, the phrase can be characterized by student athletes giving of themselves in support of the team. They are expected to exhibit good sportsmanship and the Christ-centered virtues that support our authentic Catholic values when things are going well and even when they aren’t. We emphasize to our student athletes that the talents they have been given are gifts from God, and how they use their talents represent their gifts back to God.
From upper elementary and middle school and on through high school,there are 42 academy and high school teams fielded with more than 500 athletes participating across all three seasons of any given academic year at Everest Collegiate High School & Academy. Personal attention is valued in athletics with an overall 8 to 1 ratio of players to coaches. The coaching staff is committed and gifted with 20% of coaches having played sports at the collegiate level. Since the high school’s inception in 2008, Everest Collegiate teams have earned a total of 53 championships, and 16% of its graduating seniors have played or are currently playing college level sports.
Everest’s athletic programs offer age appropriate physical development in addition to promoting opportunities to strengthen self-confidence, discipline, determination, perseverance, endurance and courage. Fair play is stressed along with integrity, honor, and compassion in competition. Student athletes represent the school and their families to those around, so expectations of them are quite high. In addition to them playing with purpose on the field, they are also expected to excel in the classroom.
Within the athletic department at Everest Collegiate High School & Academy, we believe athletic programs should be played for a purpose greater than winning. While we certainly can and do win on the fields and courts, we always want our student athletes to remember the purpose of competition is to use the gifts given to them by God for His Greater Glory. We strive to exemplify what the bible states in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”