Recreation and Athletics
It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
- G.K. Chesterton
“Sport trains body and spirit for perseverance, effort, courage, balance, sacrifice,
honesty, friendship and collaboration.”
- Pope Saint John Paul II
The mission of the OLA Bobcats Recreation Ministry is to create a dynamic environment that promotes competitiveness, spirituality, teamwork, and self-discipline. We are committed to building character, developing responsibility, and promoting sportsmanship, which will become life-long traits.
We strive to provide a quality experience for all athletes in the Roman Catholic tradition and to also provide opportunities for members of the community to gather for recreation and social events.
Athletics competition can be exciting and intense. The OLA community provides a safe, secure and fun environment for kids to play. Parents, coaches and referees lead the way with respect to all. We do not argue with the referees. Parents provide positive reinforcement and encouragement to kids and do not coach from the sideline. Coaches live the OLA values and lead by example.
The OLA Way
Let the Coaches...... Coach!
Let the Refs...... Ref!
Let the Parents...... Cheer!
Let the Kids...... Play!
Cross Country is offered for boys and girls in grades 6-8. Runners compete in meets against other Middle Schools in the metro Atlanta area. Registration is now open; see box on right of page.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys and girls in Grades K-8 participate in the Catholic Metro Soccer League (CMSL). Games are played both at home and away at Catholic schools in the archdiocese. Registration is now open; see box on right of page.
Pre-K boys and girls play intramural games on Saturday mornings on the OLA turf Field.
For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Volleyball is offered for girls in grades 5-8. Girls compete in the Catholic Metro Volleyball League (CMVL) with games played against other Catholic schools in the archdiocese.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basketball starts in Kindergarten, with a K-2 program for boys and girls, covering the fundamentals of the game. All K-2 games are played at the OLA Gymnasium on Sundays.
In grades 3-8, students participate in the Catholic Metro League of Atlanta (CMLA)with games played against other Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
High School: OLA participates in the CMLA High School league with play beginning in November.
For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Boys and girls in Grades K-8 participate in the Catholic Metro Soccer League (CMSL). Games are played both at home and away at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Pre-K boys and girls play intramural games on Saturday mornings at the OLA turf field.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CMLA High School Basketball
Registration is open for 9th-12th grade boys and girls basketball. Games will be in January and February. If you are interested in registration and forming a team for the league learn more at www.catholicmetrosports.com. Registration closes November 30.
Adult Movement Class
Adult Gentle Movement Classes are held throughout the year. Check the Calendar Page dates/fees.
In the Fall and Spring, men aged 18+ play softball on a team in the Blackburn Park Open D Wednesday Night league.
Email Rob Aldrich for more information at email@example.com.
The OLA Athletic Ministry will offer a weekly SoulCore class beginning September 9
There will be no charge for participation, but please register on the attached signup genius for each session you plan to attend. If you are new to SoulCore, you will need to fill out the attached New Participant form before you participate. For more information, visit www.soulcore.com.
To register go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4DABA72AAB9-olasoulcore
Recreation for Everyone
Board Games Unplugged Are you bored? Then come to Board Games Unplugged! We will have several different board games available. If you would like to sign up for a particular game or if you would like to host a game sign up below. We will provide snacks and drinks for the event. This event is geared towards middle schoolers, teens, adults and seniors that have a particular interest to go "old school" and play actual board games with real people. Unplug and have fun with our faith community. Check for dates on our Calendar Page.
Adult volunteers are needed for each sport. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rob Aldrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All volunteers must complete the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Training and undergo a background check BEFORE you begin interacting with youth.
Archdiocesan Safe Environment Training
The Archdiocese of Atlanta is committed to helping children and young people learn and grow in a healthy and safe environment. OLA Parish complies with diocesan safe environment policies and procedures.
Training for Adults
The Safe Environment training for Adults of the Archdiocese of Atlanta includes training in how to recognize, prevent and report abuse. All employees, and volunteers who regularly work with minors, receive this initial training, as well as ongoing training and background screening.
The Code of Conduct, Sexual Abuse Policy, Ministerial Standards for Clergy, Educators and all Working with Children and Vulnerable Individuals, Social Media Policy as well as the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People are available at the diocesan website at www.archatl.com.
An overview of the children’s training, parent guide, and lesson plans are also available on the diocesan website. Click here for VIRTUS safe environment information.