Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose — it teaches you life.
— Billie Jean King
The administrators of Cayman International School understand the impact school athletics has not only to the students participating, but also to the school and the community.
Participating in school athletics and extracurricular sports improves the health and well-being of the participants and offers many other advantages as well. Some of the other tangible benefits of school athletics include:
Encouraging teamwork and cooperation by teaching students to work together for a common goal. One player in a team sport might be strong, but all the players together make a team stronger.
Improved academic achievement.
Improved competitiveness to succeed on and off the field.
Improved work ethic.
Improved time management as students learn to balance their time between responsibilities of academics, athletics and family/friends.
Enhanced leadership and social skills.
Encouraging older participants to mentor and set good examples for younger members of the team.
Building a positive attitude and building bonds to achieve the common goal of victory.
Cayman International School’s competition is against other local schools, so the competition promotes school spirit. Students, teachers and parents come out to cheer and take pride in supporting their athletes and teams. This also promotes a bonding connection of loyalty as we remain proud of our athletes regardless of a win or a loss.
Cayman International School Director of Athletics Colin Crumpton believes school athletics are a key component to enrich students’ overall school experience. Cayman International School encourages students to participate in athletics both competitively or recreationally. Both levels are offered at school through a variety of sports such as football, basketball, netball, tennis, swimming and volleyball.
He says: “CIS’s main goal is to promote active healthy lifestyles, build social skills and character traits which assist the students to develop and strengthen levels of trust, communication skills, teamwork and to remain motivated even when defeat is knocking on the door.”
He also says that Cayman International School is not trying to develop professional athletes through its school athletics programmes.
“The objective is to develop 100 per cent professional adults.”
Lauren Colaiacovo is a Grade 8 student at Cayman International School.