Athletics Spotlight: Athletics and Academics Highlighted in Student Achievement

As our Spring athletics season comes to a close, we are reminded that the end of another school year is within reach. During this time, we celebrate and honor our teams as well as individual achievements; Athletes celebrate their seasons, some with championships while others reflect on the camaraderie that comes with the highs and lows of a grueling season and coaches emphasize the importance of sportsmanship, responsibility, respect, and a strong work ethic. Most importantly, our teams are made up of individuals who believe in the importance of an educational-based athletics program that provides an ODA experience where students can be athletes who support each other.  

Beyond the lines of our courts, fields, track, and courses, our students balance challenging course loads, family responsibilities, and day-to-day challenges. ODA encourages a healthy balance between academics, the arts, and athletics, and as a result, one of our very own seniors has been recognized by the FHSAA for his ability to play three varsity sports and maintain a high academic standing. We are proud that Jack Bancroft ’23 has represented ODA on the football, soccer, and lacrosse field, but more importantly, has kept his academics a priority while representing our school on the athletics fields. Because of his accomplishments, the FHSAA has recognized Jack as one of the top 24 students in Florida.

“The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced the 29th Annual Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team, a recognition program that honors 24 graduating student-athletes who excel in both athletics and academics. With this being one of the most important special recognition programs the FHSAA sponsors, 12 girls and 12 boys from all over the state will be awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships.”(Read the full article here.) 

Out-of-Door is extremely proud of all of our students, and seeing the opportunity that athletics plays in this prestigious honor is something we all can celebrate. Whether we are on the sidelines, on the field, or in the stadiums, I am grateful to be a part of a community that comes together to celebrate our students’ accomplishments.

Article submitted by Andres Parra, Athletic Director

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