Spring athletic pictures have been added to the Warlick Photography website and are available to order through May 17, 2019.Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. To view the pictures:
go to warlickphotography.com
click on GRACE Eagles
the password is TalonSports (note: the password is case sensitive)
Uniting players, coaches, and fans to do something for the greater good that far exceeds wins and losses on the court, the Play4Kay initiative is the largest fundraiser of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and plays a major role in their success.
The “pink phenomenon” in women’s basketball began during the 2004-2005 basketball season, when Coach Yow’s cancer recurred after being in remission for 17 years. Play4Kay is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. It was originally called Think Pink, later Pink Zone, and most recently and finally, Play4Kay.Women’s basketball teams wore pink in honor of Coach Yow and those battling cancer. In 2007, this movement resulted in the establishment of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and its Play4Kay initiative.
For the past nine years, numerous sports, groups, and organizations have hosted Play4Kay fundraisers that resonated with their fans and the community, all while raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Play4Kay events allow members of the basketball community to play a part in the Kay Yow Cancer Fund simply by doing something they love, playing ball. Coach Yow wouldn’t have it any other way.
GRACE Christian School and Play4Kay
GRACE Christian School has been part of the Play4Kay program since it’s inception, using the name “Hoops 4 Hope” for many years and it has become a tradition at our school. Representatives of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund use GRACE as a model for how high schools can become a part of this initiative. If you have never been to a Play4Kay event at GRACE, plan to attend on January 25th and see the GRACE community doing what it does best: loving others well and serving those around us.
Every minute, one woman is diagnosed with cancer. One mother. One daughter. One wife. Help us raise money in support of scientific research and programs that serve the under-served by support this year’s Play4Kay event. Tickets for all attendees are $10. Note: Eagles Club Passes are not accepted for this game.
Thank you to all the lower campus families that supported our summer reading program. All students who participated in our Summer Reading Olympics received an international flag eraser for their participation.
In addition, a number of students went above and beyond to reach Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medal status in our Olympic Event Challenge. These Olympic Medalists read books in specific genres or themes to complete an Olympic event. Completion of five, ten, or fifteen events qualified them for an Olympic medal of Bronze, Silver, or Gold.
Aloha! The second annual Football Season Opener Tailgate Bash will begin Friday, September 7th at 5:30pm at the GRACE Athletic Field. Have fun enjoying your GRACE family before taking in our first home football game (kick-off is 7:00pm)
This family fun event features food trucks, Kona Ice, a blow up obstacle course, limbo, a photo booth, beach volleyball, cornhole, prizes for the fan with the most Hawaiian spirit, and complementary leis for the first 400 guests.
Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. Community service hours will be given to high school students who volunteer.
We are excited to begin another GRACE EAGLES Athletic season for the 2018-2019 school year! We are excited about the continued growth in our athletic programs with over 70% of our students in middle and high school participating in GRACE Athletics! We are looking forward to making more strides this coming year by using the athletics platform to equip students for life.
There are some exciting things happening as well as some changes this coming year. As members of the NCISAA, our private school state association, we will be moving up to the 3A classification as the NCISAA has extended to 4 classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A). Classifications are based off of HS enrollment. With this new classification change we have re-formed our high school conference, currently the EPIC (Eastern Plains Independent Conference). Our conference will still have our original members such as Cary Christian and St. David’s but we will be adding Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston. We are looking forward to a re-formed 3A conference but also playing some new 3A competition across the state.
We are also planning to launch a middle school girl’s lacrosse team this Spring. We have seen much interest in this area and also a program that we could host on campus. As part of this launch, combined with the past 5 years of declining interest in softball, we have made the decision to not offer softball this spring. We are hopeful that Girls Lacrosse will be able to be a more sustainable offer alongside our other female sports in the spring given the challenges of low participation and off-campus facilities. If you are interested in MS Girls Lacrosse there will be more information regarding workouts, meeting the head coach, and program plan in the months ahead.
Please use our athletics website GRACEAthletics.net for team schedules, dismissal times, results, as well as other important information such as physical forms and concussion information. Please be sure to SIGN UP as a FAN to receive alerts such as game/practice cancellations, score updates, or other game changes via text or email.
We are excited to partner with a new athletic training service, Select Physical Therapy. GRACE Athletics will now have an athletic trainer fully devoted to our school to care for the health, safety, and well-being of our student athletes. We are excited to have Bailey Jeutter join our GRACE Athletics team to lead us in this area to support our student athletes, parents, and coaches. You will definitely see her present at practices and games so be sure to give her a special GRACE family welcome.
We are grateful for our GRACE coaching staff as it continues with its faithful veterans along with the following new faces (some are old faces moving into new roles):
William Brewer – In addition to continuing as the Varsity Baseball Head Coach, William will also take on the role of Assistant Athletic Director and Transportation Manager
Kara Chase – JV Volleyball
Kiley Shepard – Middle School B (Orange) Volleyball
Lauren Raymer – Varsity Volleyball
Carlin Johnson – Varsity Girls Basketball (last year Carlin assisted with this team and will move into the Head Coaching role this year)
Nathan Dewey – MS Boys Basketball
Maggie Stancliff – MS Girls Lacrosse
Roman Pibl – Varsity Swimming (last year Roman assisted with this team and will move into the Head Coaching role for this year)
Hunter Dotson – Game Day Manager (Intern)
There are a few more positions we are hiring for in the Fall including MS & Varsity Girls Tennis as well as MS Cheerleading for the Winter. If you know of any candidates, please email their contact information or ask them to contact me at email@example.com.
I pray that this year we are able to display servant leadership and provide an atmosphere where our student athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers reflect humility, sportsmanship, and integrity through the avenue of interscholastic competition for the glory of God!
Please make sure to come out and support your GRACE Eagles and show off some of your #EaglePride at our home events! GO EAGLES!
If you are planning to see the Harlem Globetrotters when they are in town next week, you can save money on your order. The Harlem Globetrotters Flyer shown below has the special savings offer that has been extended to the faculty, staff and students of GRACE Christian School.