Athletics & Health

Learning to Care for Body, Mind and Soul; Developing Healthy Habits and Behaviors

Every student at St. James has the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of physical activities. Since there is a direct relationship between mental development and physical health, daily exercise is incorporated into the routines of every classroom. Thus, a life-long appreciation for physical fitness begins as students are exposed to many different games and sports.

In addition to physical activities, a healthy lifestyle is promoted through classroom instruction including such topics as nutrition, safety, hygiene and basic physiology. Students learn about food groups and healthy eating habits. They learn about medicines, drugs, alcohol and making safe choices. Students also learn about personal cleanliness and disease prevention. In addition, students learn about their bodies and God’s marvelous plan for how all our parts function as a unit. 


Go Mavericks! We offer a wide array of athletics including cross-country, basketball, volleyball and track. St. James is an inclusive environment; therefore there are no tryouts for sports teams. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. From pep rallies with our mascot, Marty Maverick, to all school cross-country meets, the school spirit is never lacking.

Show Your School Spirit! Long and short sleeve spirit t-shirts are available on Lands’ End. Click the shirt on the right to purchase.

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade look forward to running cross-country each fall. Contact Coach Matt Runge for more information. Practices are held on Mondays and Fridays after school. The next meets are:



 September 19, 2016    

 Portage Park

 September 26, 2016

 Schiller Woods

 October 3, 2016

 LaBagh Woods

 October 11, 2016

 Montrose Harbor

Seventh and eighth grade girls have the opportunity to participate on our volleyball team. They compete against other Lutheran schools during the fall. Contact Coach Lynda Adams for more information. 

Participation in basketball begins in first grade. Students in first and second grade develop skills during Saturday clinics. Competition against other schools begins in third grade. 



 Fifth and Sixth Grade Girls  

 Becky Gorcyca

 Fifth and Sixth Grade Boys

 Jason Hockman and Tom Greve  

 Seventh and Eighth Grade Boys    

 Matt Runge

 Seventh and Eighth Grade Girls

 Sara Welch

 First and Second Grade

 Matt Runge

 Third and Fourth Grade Girls

 Matt Runge

 Third and Fourth Grade Boys

 Jason Hockman

The first Friday in May St. James middle school students participate in the Lutheran School League track meet. Race events include the long jump, high jump, shot put, hurdles, softball throw and a variety of individual and team races ranging form the 50 M Dash to the 1600 M Run.

Students in grades 3-8 are invited to participate in our spring soccer season. Practice is held on Mondays and Fridays after school and begins with running the Marathon Challenge. Then, athletes head to the gym for skill-building and scrimmage.  Soccer players in grades 5-8 will play in a couple of outdoor games at Luther North High School.

Each spring students in preschool – eighth grade are invited to participate in a Marathon Challenge. Students are encouraged to run or walk a total of 26.2 miles between spring break and the end of the school year. Miles can be logged during after school group runs or on their own. Log sheets are sent home the week before spring break. 

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St. James Lutheran School

2101 N Fremont St Chicago, IL 60614   |   Phone : 773-525-4990     Fax : 773-326-3645

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