Team Mission, Goals, and Core Values
This section outlines the mission and core values of the JPII cross-country and track and field programs.
Mission, goals, and keeping our values intact are always a work in progress. In other words, we never do any of these things entirely right. However, each year's goal is to get better and live out our mission and values to the best of our ability.
The mission of JPII Running and Track and Field coaches is to help high school student-athletes reach their God-given potential physically, mentally, academically, and spiritually through Cross-Country and Track and Field sports.
We fulfill our mission by:
Working with student-athletes who want to reach their God-given potential regardless of ability level
Teaching key life lessons through the sports of cross-country and track and field
Educating student-athletes and their parents about scholarship opportunities
Helping student-athletes identify their unique gifts in all life areas (Spiritual, career, life skills, etc.)
Building champions and championship teams to develop leaders and leadership skills
Mentoring student-athletes in their faith
Creating an environment where student-athletes have a lot of fun with their teammates
Striving for excellence by creating one of the best cross-country and track and field programs around
Exceeding school, state, and national student-athlete academic standards
Passion For Authentic Christian Leadership
We believe in developing exceptional Christian Student-athletes who will make a difference for Christ in their chosen profession. Athletics is an essential tool to help young adults build character and world-class leadership skills.
Christ At The Center
Christ is at the center of our programs. We are committed to helping student-athletes grow in their faith and live it out daily.
Service For Others
Service and servant leadership go hand in hand as a part of the athletic experience. Each Student-athlete gives back to the local community in meaningful ways.
Practical Life Skills
Athletics provides a forum to use the leadership, academic, and life skills learned in the classroom. We take lessons learned in the classroom and apply them in practical ways on the road to accelerate and reinforce classroom learning.
Part of leadership is thinking and doing things differently from the crowd. We teach and coach student-athletes how to think out of the box and blaze their unique life trail. Innovation is more than a word—it is a way of life in our thinking and actions.
Our daily actions in our running program focus on creating eternal value. We do our best to live our faith, embrace excellence, and go the extra mile to support teammates and others consistently. We also forgive each other when we make mistakes.
World changers need strong people skills. We teach and coach interpersonal skills, encourage one another and build long-term relationships.
Compassion And Strength
Effective leadership strikes a balance between strength and compassion. Jesus was compassionate, but he also displayed extreme power depending on the situation. We want our student-athletes to learn and apply both traits.
We have a lot of fun along the journey and don't take ourselves too seriously. Having a good time with teammates is part of the athletic experience. Our interactive and fun learning environments are essential to our success on and off the field.
Belief And Confidence
Athletics provides an incredible learning forum that is different from any other educational environment. Student-athletes learn how to reach well beyond their perceived limitations and go beyond what they think is possible. This confidence and belief carry over to the classroom and into the workplace when applied appropriately.
Key Distinctions About Our Programs:
We strategically use running and track and field as a tool to help build character in future Christian Leaders.
Academic and Athletic excellence is encouraged, embraced, and closely integrated. Both disciplines provide incredible leadership value throughout each student-athlete lifetime.
We learn by doing. Athletes apply what they learn in the classroom on the road by participating in various community service initiatives or team activities to reinforce academic learning. This approach accelerates learning and helps each student-athlete grow spiritually, intellectually and strengthens leadership skills exponentially.
We coach athletes to become compassionate and servant leaders in life. We are also committed to world-class excellence in our running and leadership programs.
Community and other leaders serve as guest speakers to help mentor student-athletes in important areas of life. We also actively educate parents and our athletes about academic and athletic scholarship opportunities so they can continue to develop as Christian leaders in college.
Student-athletes transition well from their athletic experience from our programs to college and their career. Many student-athletes experience "athlete transition" after their athletic careers. Athletic transition is a grieving process related to the loss of an athletic career. We recognize this issue and help each athlete navigate this transition as this issue comes to the surface.