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(803) 787-0225


3120 Covenant Road

Columbia, SC 29204


Why do we offer sports?

Known primarily for academics, fine arts and educating young people from a Biblical worldview, one might wonder how athletics fit into Covenant Classical Christian School’s mission.

Sports also teach young people

Covenant’s sports program, in fact, helps prepare students spiritually and academically to transform their culture for Christ by giving them the opportunity to cultivate self-discipline, leadership, and perseverance, while also teaching them how they can contribute to a team. Sports also teach young people:


  • The value of working hard
  • To always giving their best effort
  • How to handle adversity
  • The importance of being coachable
  • How to support teammates
  • Sportsmanship: how to celebrate a win or lose with grace
  • How to make the most of your role, whether you’re first or third string

Everyone has different gifts and abilities

Athletic Director Gary Collier says young athletes can learn a lot from being part of a sport.


“Philosophically we’re a classical school and the emphasis in liberal arts,” he said. “Generally, in a Christian philosophy, we train students in all aspects of life. Everybody has different gifts and abilities and we’re here to develop and encourage students to be the person in Christ that God would have them to be.”


“Our whole culture is pretty keyed into sports. God has given us these bodies, which are made in his image. So everything our students do… everything they do in life, we want them to do their best and always glorify the Lord.”

Collier recalls a story about one of the Eagles’ basketball teams that gave their all, which resulted in an improbable victory.


“We had a girls basketball that was small in numbers, maybe had six or seven players,” he said. “Towards the game we had a couple of girls foul out but the game was tied. So we went to overtime and it was our three girls versus the five girls on the other team. A lot of teams would have given up – this one didn’t. That game went to double overtime and we ended up winning.


“That was really something for those girls to overcome and what a great experience for them. Despite the odds, they kept playing hard and it paid off for them. That was such a great joy for the kids and for the parents and it said so much about their character.”


Collier, who is also a two-time cross country coach of the year in the South Carolina Independent School Association, as well as Covenant’s former principal, has been part of the school since 1988. He was actually on the school’s forming committee in 1979 and has served in an administrative role for 18 years.


Covenant offers cross country, basketball, soccer, and golf for girls and boys and volleyball for girls. The cross country team has won three state championships, while the basketball team has one state title, qualified for the soccer state tournament and qualified several individuals for state golf competition.


Sports, of course, is also a wonderful way for gifted students athletes to continue playing in college, which could finance their college education.


“We’ve had some kids who have gotten college scholarships in basketball and cross country, so sports can certainly be very beneficial in that way too,” said Collier.

Kids learn so much

Kevin Bolen, head of the school, feels the benefits of sports for students are many.


“Kids learn so much,” he said. “They learn about teamwork, they learn about sacrifice, they learn that sometimes it’s better to let someone else have the spotlight and understand their role. I tell my daughter’s coach as long as she’s working hard, it doesn’t matter if she sits the bench. That kind of situation shapes who we are, gives us love and appreciation for others and also teaches us humility. Sports can help us find our spot, so to speak.”


Bolen remembers a player who epitomized all that is good about sports.


“We had a student named Michael who was playing middle school basketball for the first time,” he said. “He wasn’t the most coordinated kid but he worked hard and he learned a lot. He worked as hard as he could all year, supported his team and made the most of his playing time.


“It was the regional tournament and we were the away team. One of our starters brought his home uniform so he didn’t have what he needed in order to play. That would have meant that Michael would move into the starting lineup. At a lot of other schools, a kid might think that situation was great because he would get to play but not Michael. He went to the coach and told him to give the other kid his uniform.


“Michael took himself out of the game. Now, that’s a moment of sacrifice because all Michael wanted was what was best for his team. That showed significant character on his part.”


Covenant students can also take part in individual sports, such as tennis, bowling, archery, etc. In order to do so, it must be a SCISA offered sport, students must meet all eligibility requirements, and students must have an adult sponsor who will supervise and be responsible for helping them prepare for events.