Mount Zion Athletics
Athletics are an opportunity to develop in emotional, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual well-being. Participation is an extension of the academic program at Mount Zion and is secondary to academic responsibilities. Athletics is one of the many means of discipleship that the school uses to bring students to a deeper relationship with Christ. Participating in a sport provides daily opportunities for students to grow in their walk with Christ by experiencing struggles, failures, successes, and relationships through a Biblical framework.
Our soccer program focuses on having FUN, working hard, improving conditioning and teamwork. There are 11 players on the field working together, and not one player is more important than the other. We are stronger collectively when we work together rather than when one person tries to do everything. If we work hard in practice we will see the results we want during our games. We try to learn as much from our losses as we do our wins. Winning is great, and we always strive to win, but the adversity of losing reveals your character and teaches us how to persevere and improve. We teach our student athletes to show the same godly character after wins and losses.
Our Basketball program focuses on the physical, mental and spiritual aspect of our student athletes. Without these three being addressed and cared for, we are just raising our kids to learn that if we don’t win, we’ve failed. Our goal is to work hard, strive to do things right, and get better every day. We encourage our players to not compare themselves to others, but to be the best athlete that God made them to be. We focus on playing to our strengths while working on improving our weaknesses. In basketball, as in life, we all have our different roles and it’s up to us to play that role to the best of our ability in order to be a cohesive team and be successful.
Mount Zion Ski Club is a school partnership with Pats Peak, a teaching mountain here in Henniker, NH. Students in good academic standing can begin as early as 3rd grade, and enjoy the sport through High School. Students of all skiing and snowboarding levels are welcome to join us at the mountain, which includes a 1-hour lesson and free-ski time. Pats Peak’s instructors use the American Teaching System, which is a method used by the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) and AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors). Pats Peak’s night-time skiing also offers a nice extension to our weekly afternoon sessions, along with family discounts for joining your students up at the mountain.
"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ."
There are many times that we don’t get the results we want from all the hard work we put into preparing for an athletic competition. During athletic events, coaches, athletes, and fans will encounter situations that will provoke them to respond and behave in a poor manner. Questionable officiating calls, foul play, or a student’s playing time are a few examples. All MZCS coaches, athletes, and spectators should always conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Our behavior at sporting events will have a huge impact on how others view God, our school, and Christianity in general. The impact can either be positive or negative. The choice is yours.