Five years ago, a Calvary Day School parent recognized that our youngest students were participating in different athletic leagues and teams around the city. He realized there was an opportunity for these athletes to play together and to provide a structured Christian athletic opportunity for Calvary students and our community. The Coastal Crusaders concept began with youth football, and the first five seasons have been a great success. What has been equally impressive is the fact that the team rosters almost always consist of half Calvary and half non-Calvary students.
The Coastal Crusaders organization is now a community-based athletic organization for children from ages 6-12 whose teams are overseen by a group of dedicated Calvary parents. The organization is open to players regardless of what school they attend or their religious affiliation. In 1 John 3:19 it states, “Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.” This verse relates to our sports programs because we want our whole community to have the opportunity to “Belong.”
Each Crusader sports team must be coached by an approved parent interested in being a positive role model for young people. For a team to participate in a league, they must join a reputable organization in Chatham County such as the YMCA, Jenkins Athletic Club, South Georgia Youth Football League (SGYFL), or a municipal recreational league. If there is not enough interest to have a complete team, or if we lack an approved coach, we will encourage students and parents to join a youth organization in their community.
In 2018 with a desire to expand the opportunities for our K-4th grade students, we hired a Lower School Athletic Director to expand the Coastal Crusaders offerings. We are excited about this opportunity to grow our Lower School athletic program, and we will continue to add sports each upcoming season. If you are interested in assisting with this program, please contact our Lower School Athletic Director Wes Worthington at firstname.lastname@example.org.