Success in Sports

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Success in Sports

DaVinci's first boy's volleyball game.

DaVinci's first boy's volleyball game.

Teya Echols

DaVinci's first boy's volleyball game.

Teya Echols

Teya Echols

DaVinci's first boy's volleyball game.

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DaVinci Academy offers a number of sports teams, and most students take part in some sort of athletics. We offer a wide variety of athletic opportunity, despite controversy of charter schools not providing a fair amount, due to low budgets.

When we first started, we weren’t going to have any sport teams because administration felt that students should focus solely on their academic success, and feared they would put sports first. However, we introduced basketball six years ago, and all the students were excited. They added more sports from there, eventually developing to the six sports we have today.

Sports help students get extra bonding experiences in a competitive environment, which could further help strengthen their academic success. Victoria Kortesmaki, a volleyball player, is excited because her team members show trust – working as one, rather than individually. Many others mirror her experience, and lots of them couldn’t imagine not having their teams by their sides.

Coach Chad Clark, our Athletic Director, believes sports assist students in learning, rather than hurting, their academics because “they teach discipline, which is key to learning,” and students “learn to take responsibility for their actions.” He is backed by many scientific studies that show higher rates of athletic participation result in having higher educational understanding. Other teachers seem to agree, cheering their students on.

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