JPII Cross-Country &Track and Field Mission, Goals, and Core Values

JPII Team Mission, Goals, and Core Values

This section outlines the mission and core values of our cross-country and track and field programs at JPII High School in Lacey, Washington.                                             

We are always a work in progress in terms of reaching our mission and core values. In other words, we never do any of these things perfectly. Our goal is to get better each year and live out our mission and values to the best of our ability with each passing year.


The mission of JPII running is to help high school runners reach their God-given potential physically, mentally, and spiritually through the sports of Cross-Country and Track and Field.  

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 academic and athletic scholarship opportunities
  • Helping student-athletes identify their unique gifts in all areas of life (Spiritual, career, life skills, etc.)
  • Building champions and championship teams for the purpose of developing 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 strong Christian Student-athletes who will make a difference for Christ in their chosen profession. Athletics are an important tool to help young adults develop 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 to live it out on a daily basis.

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 provide a forum to use the leadership, academic, and life skills learned in the classroom. We take the 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 to blaze their own unique trail in life. Innovation is more than a word—it is a way of life in our thinking and actions.

Eternal perspective

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 on a consistent basis. We also forgive each other when we make mistakes.

People skills  

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 strength 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 important to our success on and off the field.

Belief and confidence  

Athletics provide an incredible learning forum that is different from any other educational environment. Student-athletes learn how to reach well beyond their perceived limitations and how to 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: 

  1. We strategically use running and track and field as a tool to help build character in future Christian Leaders.
  2. Academic and Athletic excellence is encouraged, embraced, and closely integrated. Both disciplines provide incredible leadership value over the course of each student-athletes lifetime
  3. 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 that help reinforce academic learning. This approach accelerates learning and helps each student athlete grow spiritually, intellectually, and strengthens leadership skills exponentially.
  4. We, coach athletes, to become compassionate and strong leaders in life and more importantly for Christ. We are also committed to world-class excellence in our running and leadership programs.
  5. Community and other leaders serve as guest speakers to help mentor student-athletes to become the best they can be in all 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. 
  6. Student-athletes transition well from their athletic experience at Pope John Paul II to their career. Many student-athletes experience “athlete transition” at the conclusion of 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.


Coach Weber 

Head Cross-Country and Track and Field Coach

Pope John Paul II, Lacey, Washington

Philippians 4:13