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:
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.
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.
World changers need strong people skills. We
teach and coach interpersonal skills, encourage one another and build long
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:
Head Cross-Country and Track and Field Coach
Pope John Paul II, Lacey, Washington