Troy Christian High School and Jr. High is a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. As such, Troy Christian will abide by all OHSAA bylaws, guidelines, and sportspecific rules. For more information on OHSAA, you can visit their website at: www.ohsaa.org.
Philosophy of Christian Athletics
Christian athletics is a ministry. When athletics are seen from the Christian perspective, winning has a broader definition and our athletes a greater purpose. We want our coaches and athletes to be used of God in the lives of those they meet. Troy Christian athletics always aim to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit as our Lord opens doors for active ministry. “Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant. Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” (Matthew 20:26, 28).
Christian athletics is an arena for teaching the principles of God’s Word. Athletics is an opportunity to practice God’s principles. Examples of these principles are controlling the feelings that arise in competition, working together as members of the body of Christ, winning from God’s perspective rather than a person’s, being submissive to authority, and demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit during stressful situations. It’s our hope that our athletes are controlled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and produce Christ-like actions so that others may see Jesus through them.
Christian athletics is an arena used for teaching the importance of athletics from a Christian perspective. Scripture encourages striving hard for the goal, to be successful and to win the prize. Do you not knowthat in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24). Christ expects us to give a total effort in all that we do, and therefore, is not satisfied with anything less than our best in a practice session, a game, or in the classroom. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Corinthians 9:25) Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Christian athletes learn to cherish eternal rewards as a treasure of great price. They learn that the most treasured reward often does not show up on the scoreboard, but in the lives of those who have developed a deeper desire for the things of Christ and in those whose lives were touched by the Christian athlete. Ultimately, winning is defined as pleasing the Lord with our attitudes and actions. This only begins when the athlete develops a desire to please the Lord rather than people. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. (Colossians 3:23) We want our athletes to catch the vision that our Lord attends every athletic event and is our primary audience.