Athletics are an important part of a student’s life. They teach students invaluable lessons related to individual disciplines, sportsmanship, and team building skills while teaching skills and rules that are necessary and apply to daily life. Additionally, a vast amount of research shows a high correlation between athletic participation and an increase in academic achievement. At Lyndon Academy, students are given the opportunity to participate in variety of sports throughout the year.
In the lower school, athletics are largely intramural-based activities. However, we will begin inter-school play in limited sports beginning in the ’14-’15 school year. Beginning at the middle school level, students compete in the North Atlanta Metro League, also known as NAML. NAML was established in 2001 as a conference for private schools and currently has 32 teams. In the 2013-2014 school year, middle school students are not limited to participating in, Flag Football, volleyball, basketball, Track & Field and Cheerleading at Lyndon Academy.
Beginning in the ’15-’16 school year, our high school will participate in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) for athletic competitions.
- Promote healthy competition among student-athletes
- Encourage a sense of pride in one’s self, one’s team and one’s school
- Build resilience, courage, dedication and patience
- Develop respect for teammates, opponents, and adults
- Provide guidelines for fitness, health and exercise
- Support the development of the whole child: mind, body and spirit
The emphasis is on teaching our athletes life through sports participation. Lyndon Athletics focus is on enhancing the total person to include physical skills, behavioral, and social/relational enrichment. Students will have opportunities to participate and receive the benefits of sports programs that reflect their developmental needs..
The Value of Athletic Programming
- 95% of Fortune 500 executives participated in high school athletics and 47% of Fortune 500 executives were National Honor Society members (Fortune Magazine)
- Nearly seven out of ten Americans say that sports teach students lessons about life that they can’t learn in the classroom. Nine out of ten believe sports contribute to the health and fitness of participants (USA Today)
- Successful extracurricular participation is a school’s best predictor of adult success (“Fulfilling Lives Paths to Maturity and Success” by Douglas Heath)
- Another educational aspect, as important as physical and mental well-being, is related to the inherent values that sports transmit: respect for rules, and rejection of cheating. (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
The Lyndon Academy Athletic Program runs on a trimester schedule. While they are official school-sponsored activities with professional instructors on and off school grounds, they are not included in normal school tuition fees. Fees may apply depending on the sport.