At IC Imagine, we always try to start by asking “Why?” Why athletics? First, sports are fun. We must always remember that it is fun that draws children to sports and the lack of fun is the reason they quit. Having fun and playing sports reduces stress, improves brain function, and allows kids to develop meaningful friendships.
Fitness is vital to a healthy, long life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 60 minutes of physical activity per day for school aged children and 150 minutes of aerobic activity for adults each week. Failing to stay active throughout a lifetime can lead to many health risks.
Leadership, responsibility, hard work and perseverance are a few of the character traits that are developed while participating in sports. Competition allows people to face challenges, success, and failure in a safe environment.
Currently, our athletics department is aimed at providing a growing range of opportunities for boys and girls in middle and upper school. This year it has been our goal to expand all of the sports that were offered in middle school to our upper school students. The sports we offer at this time include soccer, cross country, basketball, cheerleading, mountain biking, and ultimate frisbee. We are members of the CAASC (Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice). This association is specifically aimed at serving schools like ours (charter schools, private schools, and home school groups) to provide opportunities to compete in state championships and help athletes gain exposure to college coaches.
Vision for the Future
As our school grows we will have more opportunities for athletics at IC Imagine. Our plan moving forward is to add teams each year at a sustainable rate, ensuring that our existing programs are developing and given the time and resources they need to grow. Each new team that we add presents its own set of unique challenges while we build our school (both literally and figuratively). In the end, our goal is to have a full range of athletics offerings comparable to the other schools in our area in addition to unique offerings such as mountain biking and ultimate frisbee.