Athletics Update from Mr. Alsup (12/09/22)

Hello Spartans and Families,

I hope you have all had an amazing first semester! We had an amazing inaugural CHSAA fall season. All of our teams were very competitive, and our boys’ cross country team made it to state! For winter sports, our boys’ basketball team has practiced hard and is ready to compete in our first CHSAA season. For more information, including game schedules, please visit our website.

As I have individual conversations with students and families, there is a lot of excitement around entering CHSAA and establishing our athletic traditions. I have also fielded questions from many people about the sports that we offer and sports that we would be willing to offer. In the fall, our current offerings are boys’ soccer, boys’ golf, girls’ volleyball, and boys’ and girls’ cross country.

In the winter, we offer boys’ and girls’ basketball. However, we could not get enough girls to register, so we only have a boys’ basketball team. In the spring, we currently offer girls’ soccer, boys’ lacrosse (in combination with Highlands Ranch High School), and boys’ and girls’ track. We also offer eSports in the fall and the spring for those of you who are competitive video gamers!

While that is a robust offering, I have fielded individual questions on whether or not we can expand. With that in mind, I have created an interest survey for additional spring sports that we could offer if we have the interest. You can access that survey by clicking here. If it appears we have enough people interested, then I will start the process of building the team. For those of you who have not participated in athletics here before, the registration fee is $350, which covers the costs for coaching, officials, competition entry fees, and facility rental if needed.

Operating a full high school athletic program is costly. While we do cover some of our costs through the registration fees, we need to find additional ways to supplement so we can continue to offer these opportunities to our students. Earlier this month, I met with a group of parents to discuss the need for an athletic booster program to help us with fundraising. We are creating one club to raise money for all of our programs. During the meeting, I expressed the importance of having all of our student athletes’ parents involved in this.

During the presentation, I outlined the need for the booster club and a rough idea of what it would look like. Finally, on the last slide, there was a link for parents to go to sign up for the booster club and identify the level of involvement they would be interested in. While we will continue to push its importance, I want to get the club up and running now so we can start fundraising for the gym’s grand opening. Please click here to visit our Athletics Booster Club page, where you can find the survey to express your interest.

All of this information can be found on our STEM High School Athletics website. If you have any questions about athletics or how you can help contribute to the program, please feel free to reach out to me anytime!

Thank you,

Ryan Alsup, High School Director/Athletics Director

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