1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)
Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.
Baytown Christian Athletic Philosophy
Our goal is to train and develop our students’ spirits, souls and bodies. We are fulfilling that goal by training students to live responsible and successful lives based on the Word of God.
Baytown Christian Academy believes that quality education includes the opportunity to participate in athletic programs. The athletic program is extracurricular only in the sense that student involvement is a voluntary privilege and requires an investment of considerable time outside the school day. Therefore, with these opportunities available, students are expected to represent the school as apart of the Christian community with exemplary behavior wherever they go, as the public will take notice. A Bible verse that every coach and athlete should know is Philippians 1:27. “Only let your conversation be as becometh the gospel of Christ…” (KJV).
It is vital that each student involved with the athletic program realize that no matter how formidable the opposition, the team competes to win.Every athlete should strive to be first. Paul wrote, “Know ye not that they which run the race run all,but one receiveth the prize?…” (I Cor. 9:24-KJV) They are to be coached and are to play in such a way as to win, and expect to have victory.On the other hand, the student must know that there is no shame or disgrace to the team that plays its best and is behind at the end of the contest. Winning is not the guiding principle. It is how well the team or individual competes.
The strength of athletics lies in its ability to develop character traits such as cooperation,determination, perseverance, self-control, discipline of emotion,sportsmanship, humility, commitment, and maturity. Because these traits are parts of the fruit of the Spirit discussed in Galatians 5:22, athletics is valuable to the Christian community and the Christian school.
Baytown Christian Academy is committed to training and developing our students for Christian service and leadership. If the positive characteristics, mentioned above, are practiced over time, these traits will be reinforced; and the student will carry these traits into the adult years. Athletics is not the whole answer to character development at our school, but one building block of many, designed for Christian character development of the student at Baytown Christian Academy.