Immaculate Heart of Mary School is a proud member of the Grand Rapids Area of Catholic Elementary Athletic Council (GRACEAC). GRACEAC oversees the elementary athletic programs for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. One of the primary goals of GRACEAC is to facilitate the development of student athletes who genuinely display the Christian qualities of good sportsmanship and fair play in every aspect of life.
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The purpose of the athletic program at the elementary school level is to complement the home, church, and school in the development of the “whole person.” Activities of the program are for the benefit of the children, suited to their age and physical growth. The goals are: 1) To recognize the need of physical fitness in the wholesome growth of the child, and 2) To provide enjoyable recreational activity which develops Christian attitudes of sportsmanship and fair play that can be sustained beyond the elementary level.
The primary function of elementary athletics in the Grand Rapids Diocese should not be the development of exceptional athletes. Rather, it must be the development of student athletes who genuinely display the Christian qualities of good sportsmanship and fair play in every aspect of life. The successful operation of athletics depends upon a true commitment from all adults involved.