Perhaps the word that best characterizes Bethany athletics is community. Doing things together is an integral aspect of Bethany that pervades athletics as well. The community and close relationships that develop on Bethany teams can last a lifetime.
Balance: A significant Bethany distinctive is that coaches do not insist on their athletes specializing in a single sport, but encourage them to play others if they want. Bethany expects athletes to be dedicated to practice and participation in athletics—and also to academic success and participation in other activities at school and church.
Opportunity: With a strong emphasis on participation, Bethany seeks to provide opportunities for anyone desiring to participate in sports, regardless of skill level, while maintaining a competetive balance (see success below). Consequently, it happens that students who wouldn’t play athletics at other schools do so at Bethany—in fact, over three-fourths of our students choose to play at least one sport! Some students also participate off the court as managers, statisticians, scorekeepers, timers, or operators of a school sports blog.
Bethany’s athletic program helps students find their niche in a supportive environment where they feel physically and emotionally safe, have fun while learning the basic skills of a sport, strive to do their best, and practice good sportsmanship and healthy competitiveness.
Bethany offers 12 interscholastic varsity athletic programs and cheerleading at the high school level and 7 interscholastic sports plus cheerleading at the middle school level. The high school and middle school links at left provide information by sport, including team photos, schedules, and game scores--historical statistics available for some high school sports. For game scores and other interesting Bruin tidbits see Bleeding Bruin Blue blog.
Success: High school teams have won three regional and 19 sectional championships, including eight in the past five years! In fall 2009 Bethany teams combined for a 70-44-5 record at the varsity level. Five of the six varsity teams finished with winning records and three teams were in sectional championship games with the girls soccer team winning its championship. Bethany players and coaches have received area, district, and state honors for their successes.
Preparation for College: Bethany graduates are prepared to succeed at the college and university level. Coaches and teachers help athletes develop their skills on and off the field of competition and to balance athletic skill development and the rigors of academics. In fall 2009 eleven of Goshen College’s national record 29 NAIA-Daktronics All American Student-Athletes were Bethany student-athlete alumni—and five achieved this honor in the spring.