Dear Student Athletes and Parents,
On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I am very pleased that you have expressed an interest in participating in the interscholastic athletic program at Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice. It has been my experience that students who get involved in extra-curricular activities whether they are music, drama, clubs, student government or athletics have a much better and richer experience in high school. I am honored to be able to work with the athletes, coaches and community in making this experience both rewarding and positive.
I hope that you will take the time to familiarize yourself with the athletic handbook and understand the school’s guidelines, policies, and expectations for the student athletes. To begin however, I would like you to read through the philosophy of our athletic department as this is the foundation by which we make all of our decisions.
Philosophy of the Athletic Program
Philosophy of the Athletic Program Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice recognizes the importance of athletic activities in providing students with important opportunities for a total education. These activities teach students’ lifetime values such as commitment, discipline, hard work, leadership, teamwork, and physical fitness, all of which are the foundation for academic success. Participation in athletic activities contributes to the physical, emotional and social health of our students and promotes a sense of unity and cooperation among athletes, the student body, and the Detroit community.
Our sports teams will always strive to win, but never at the expense of character, healthy attitudes and habits, and good judgment. We will always emphasize excellence, effort, improvement, and respect for coaches, teammates and officials. All Delta Prep athletes should be known for their character and class; humble in victory and gracious in defeat. Our athletic program is designed to develop, promote and provide the following: self esteem, school spirit and pride, good citizenship, sportsmanship, cooperation, higher academic performance, responsibility to self and others, respect, positive role models, healthy lifestyles, teambuilding, and life long wellness. We believe that the sports experience should not only be rewarding but fun.
Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice further recognizes the unique roles and responsibilities of its coaches and parents in sports activities. Coaches’ and parents’ primary roles should be to teach the lifetime values of our sports philosophy and to always lead by example. The Delta Prep athletic programs will be an integral part of the school and the community. Their impact is immensely important in promoting a positive school climate because they offer opportunities for adults to interact with our students in meaningful ways not available in the classroom.
Once again, I thank you for taking the time to read through the athletic handbook. I look forward to your support and involvement in our athletic program and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Athletic Director, Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy