The Lippman School’s competitive athletic program is for middle school students (grades 5 through 8). The athletic program was reinstituted in 2011, with the creation of a co-ed Soccer team and has grown over the years to include Basketball and Ultimate Frisbee. All the teams are co-ed, non-tryout based and available to the middle school population, regardless of ability level. The program is administered by Luke Varner, Head Coach and Math Instructor at The Lippman School. In addition to Mr. Varner, many parents volunteer their time—coaching, transporting and supporting the students in the athletic program, solidifying the importance of such a curriculum to enhance the academic experience. In the past year, over 80% of middle school students participated in at least one of the sports offered.
Students, of all grades at The Lippman School, are taught basic skills, concepts and strategies of games, and competitive sports while learning to demonstrate respect and
good sportsmanship on and off the playing field. Participation on an athletic team provides students with skills such as:
- adherence to rules
- fair play
Besides the obvious benefits of increased health and physical activity, participation in a competitive, team environment allows for development of life skills such as aptitude for leadership, coping with wins and losses and has been shown to be a stepping stone for students to become adults who engage in their communities. The social and
educational benefits that accompany participating in a sport, significantly impacts the lives of the students and will bode well for a more positive, productive future.