2020 Athletic Parent Night

The summer is an annual time to take account of and reassess our perspective on middle school and high school sports for the upcoming school year.  We have the unique ability to place Christ at the center of our perspective as a community at Holland Christian.  Although this year is beginning differently than normal, seeking a positive perspective is needed now more than ever.  While we are unable to meet in the auditorium together, the following information should help us get started well as we seek to influence sports culture for Christ.  Each middle school and high school fall head coach will set their individual sport parent meetings soon.  If you are the parent of a fall athlete, please watch for communication from your child’s coach for the date, time and outdoor location.

The first few pages of our athletic handbook set a perspective on educational athletics and the important roles necessary for student-athletes to flourish on our teams.  I invite you to take a few minutes to read this perspective and commit to the lane you travel in as the parent of an athlete.

Middle School & High School Athlete Handbook

Our keynote speaker is Elizabeth (Perkins) Bounds.  She and her husband Jaxon (married a week ago!) live in Waco, TX.  Originally from Eaton Rapids, she attended Lansing Christian Schools and went on to play multiple sports at Hope College completing a BA in Psychology and Spanish, with a French Minor.  Since that time, Elizabeth earned her Masters in Divinity with a concentration in Sports Ministry from Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary and is employed at Baylor in their Faith & Sport Institute (A Lily-endowed institute that combines academic rigor with experiential learning, focusing on integrating the Christian faith into the practice of sports.).  Holland Christian Athletics has been engaging with the Faith & Sport Institute for almost a year now and is excited about their work with secondary aged athletes.  Be sure to have a pencil and paper ready to take down a few notes… you will be challenged as a parent!

A bonus resource for you is a panel session that we put together a year ago on August 20, 2019 entitled “The Realities of Competing in College.”  The session is positive, informative and relative to parents of athletes whether they have a child interested in competing at the next level or not.  The panel includes coaches and athletes from all collegiate levels and will hopefully promote good discussion for parents to have with their athlete.