The Messiah Interscholastic Athletic Program has been directed by the Board of Education since the early 1990s. The purpose of the sports program is not to create teams of high competitive skills, but to use athletics as another tool to teach Christian ethics for team work, dedication, cooperation, and emotional maturity.
Currently the program involves 5-8th grade boys flag football and 5-8th grade girls volleyball in the fall, and basketball in the winter for boys and girls from 5-8th grade. There are also opportunities to take part in a Soccer Day, Softball Day, and a Math Bowl in connection with our conference.
The Board appoints an Athletic Director and assists him in finding and approving coaches. The teams are part of the Chippewa Valley Lutheran Conference which includes other private schools in the area of similar enrollments. The program has specific guidelines regarding playing time for all participants, a no cut policy, a limit to the number of possible practices and games in a given week, and the total number of games to be played in a season.
The program makes use of the gyms of both Northstar Middle School and Immanuel Lutheran High School, as well as Immanuel’s athletic fields.
The 5-8th grade students also have the opportunity to take part in a Field Day competition held in the Twin Cities each year. At this event they compete with other schools in the Church of the Lutheran Confession. This activity is not a part of the CVLC.
This program is open to all members of Messiah Church and is not restricted to students at Messiah Day School.