Pinecrest Partners with SportsLeader in Virtue-Based Program

The Pinecrest Athletic Department has partnered with SportsLeader to implement the organization’s Catholic virtue-based formation program for coaches. 
The non-profit organization, based in Louisville, Kentucky, has worked with universities and colleges across the country, and has partnered with high schools nationwide and in Canada.
SportsLeader will work with Chris Kane, Athletic Director, Father Daren Weisbrod, LC, High School Chaplain, Kathleen Nichols, Director of Formation, Bob Holdsworth, Director of Sports Ministry, and the Pinecrest Academy coaching staff, to incorporate the methods and curriculum based on the four pillars of the program: Virtue, Mentoring, Ceremony and Catholic Identity.
Our athletics department will introduce several SportsLeader traditions, activities and events throughout the year, designed to emphasize the program’s four pillars.
With eighty-two percent of Pinecrest high school students participating in organized school athletics, Pinecrest president, Father David Steffy, LC, saw the tremendous potential the SportsLeader program offered in fulfilling the mission of Pinecrest Academy. That mission is to partner with parents to teach students that they were created in the image and likeness of God, for the purpose of knowing, loving, and serving him on Earth, and sharing eternity with him. Pinecrest accomplishes this through Integral Formation®, an approach that is intended to maximize each child's human, intellectual, spiritual, and apostolic potential, allowing students to leave Pinecrest as true Christian servant leaders ready to transform society.
The Pinecrest SportsLeader program will be guided by an initial three-year development plan, with the goal of incrementally adding new formation and apostolic opportunities on an annual basis. The school’s coaches, parents, and athletes are the foundation on which we will build this program, with Integral Formation® as our constant goal and guiding light.
One of the unique facets of our program is to actively partner with other Catholic schools in joint programs of faith sharing and apostolic works. This partnership initiative kicks off with a Rosary Rally in November 2017 with Blessed Trinity High School and Holy Spirit Preparatory School.
Via the Pinecrest Athletics SportsLeader program, we will focus on mentoring and will identify athletes who have a special talent and maturity to become senior mentors to younger high school peers.
With our great coaches leading the way, our parents providing emotional support and guidance, and students who come to understand their special role in delivering on God's plan for mankind, we are confident that the SportsLeader program will become a tremendous addition to the formation program we have in place to fulfill our mission.
To learn more about Pinecrest’s SportsLeader program, contact Bob Holdsworth. SportsLeader was founded in 2004 and is endorsed by the Vatican Office of Church and Sport. It is a charitable nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Visit the SportsLeader web site to learn more.
Pinecrest Academy is a private PreK3-12 Catholic school located in Cumming, South Forsyth, just minutes from Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Suwanee. We serve families of all faiths seeking a Christian education for their children. To learn more about our unique educational philosophy, visit our Welcome page.

The mission of Pinecrest Academy is reflected in the word Integer, which is Latin for “whole,” or “entire,” and reflects our goal of forming the whole child as an authentic “Person in Christ.” The school motto Semper Altius, means “Always Higher,” and challenges our students, parents, staff and faculty to strive for excellence in all areas of Integral Formation® - intellectual, spiritual, human and apostolic.