Alberta Athletic Initiative
Apr 29, 2014
Rod Jamieson, PAA’s Athletic Director, has been working very hard to support Adventist athletes in our community. Students like Austin Holly and Andrea Laskowski, who both recently represented PAA in CASAA’s 2014 Senior Bowl at RDC have benefitted greatly from PAA’s commitment to Sabbath observance and team-oriented training. On Monday, April 7, 2014, PAA made an important application to the Central Alberta Schools Athletic Association. This association includes all high schools in Central Alberta, both public and private. In this application, PAA is requesting all play off games be adjusted around our Sabbath hours. Traditionally, these games are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays, never on Sundays.
PAA has been laying the groundwork for this motion for the last number of years with our skilled and sportsmanlike regular season league play. PAA Panthers have the opportunity to participate in separate volleyball, basketball, and soccer leagues and the students have benefitted from the increased challenge and exposure each level brings.
One of the case studies used to represent the position is CUC and the willingness of their athletic league, ACAL, to make such an adjustment in their playoff schedule. The motion has been tabled until September when a decision will be made based on Mr. Jamieson’s submission of an alternate schedule for tournament times that does not interfere with classroom hours.
Prayers are appreciated for this and other future plans, as well as for our students as this school year begins to wind down.