Prince of Peace Catholic School sponsors opportunities for our students to participate in athletics. Athletics is managed by Prince of Peace’s Athletic Director, Mrs. Jan Carino. Mrs. Carino served as AD at St. Joseph’s Catholic School for 17 years when the high school teams earned several state titles including girls’ volleyball championships with Mrs. Carino also acting as head coach.
For the first time starting with the 2015-2016 school year, Prince of Peace now participates in the Carolina Middle School league making it possible for our middle school students to compete with other Christian and Catholic middle school athletes in the Upstate in several competitive sports.
Prince of Peace Catholic School sponsors two soccer programs for enrolled students at the elementary and the middle school levels. Our elementary soccer program, launched in 2013 by dedicated parent volunteers, partners with a local recreational community soccer program, the Carolina Elite Soccer Association or CESA. Families register their children and pay related CESA fees as players through CESA’s organization, but Prince of Peace Catholic School families may select our school in the registration process so that enrolled children play together on our teams, and practices can be held on the Prince of Peace campus with our coaches and volunteers at the conclusion of a typical academic day. Boys and Girls teams are fielded for 8/9 year olds, 10/11 year olds, and 12/13 year olds. We have about 80 registered students playing soccer during our fall season. Our Prince of Peace teams compete against other CESA teams throughout Greenville on regulation fields.
At the middle school level, students try out for a spot on the school soccer team and compete against athletes from other Upstate Catholic and Christian Schools.
Currently, our programs are an all-volunteer program coordinated our POPCS Athletic Director.
The purpose of our soccer program is to teach children basic ball handling and team skills to prepare them for a more competitive play experience as they grow older. Volunteer coaches are invited to seek coaching certification and training to better work with our children to help them improve their soccer skills.
Starting in first grade and continuing through middle school, students are invited to participate in basketball through the local Methodist League church basketball program. Registration is through Prince of Peace Catholic Church’s all-volunteer basketball program beginning in September each year. Prince of Peace teams include Prince of Peace Catholic School students and children from the parish’s religious education program. Commitment to the team is for one practice and one game weekly beginning in October or November, and the season ends with playoffs at the beginning of February.
Middle school boys and girls are also invited to try out for school basketball teams to compete against boys and girls from other Upstate Catholic or Christian Schools.
Prince of Peace’s fall cross country team is open to 6th to 8th grade students. Students practice on and around the Prince of Peace campus and participate in meets from September to the end of October in our local community. Many of our middle school students participating in cross country training have continued on high school teams at Eastside High School and St. Joseph’s Catholic School.
The archery program at Prince of Peace is now in its second year. Mr. Mark brown, middle school History and Religion teacher is an archery instructor certified by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR). There is a “club” involving students who have an interest in archery and building skills in archery. There is also a “team” whose membership will be permitted to compete in a regional and state archery tournament every spring. The limitation on “team” membership is a consequence of registration limitations for tournament play. Nonetheless, we recommend that younger “club” members continue to improve skills and a love for the sport so that they might represent our school on the “team” at some point during their three years enrolled in our middle school.
MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDSHIP GAMES: BASKETBALL & SOFTBALL
We are pleased to participate in annual “Friendship Games” with our sister school in the Upstate region of the Diocese of Charleston network of Catholic Schools, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School in Spartanburg. We compete together in an annual basketball game during Catholic Schools Week in January and an annual softball game in the weeks before the end of the school year in May. The winning school gets bragging rights for the rest of the year.