Once a community chooses Mastery Charter Schools to work in partnership and turn around a neighborhood school, we concentrate on the culture and the academics immediately. Our achievement results prove that we know how to create real academic opportunities for our students. But what happens to the extra curricula activities and sports teams from those schools, which are so crucial for educating the whole child. Though great sports programs may take years to cultivate, Mastery Charter Schools’ Varsity Football Program, in just two short years, has made incredible progress and are racking up the accolades on and off the field.
In 2011, the inaugural year, the football team ended the season with a 3-8 record. While not exactly a winning record, it was notable since most programs go winless in their first year. All of the coaches involved knew this was a great foundation to build the next season upon. And it paid off.
The second season, and first in the Philadelphia Public League, started in early January with 108 young men trying out for the team. The new season included an improved strength & conditioning program, upgraded weight room and a more concentrated level of focus and commitment by both players and coaching staff. The off season training was capped by the team’s first overnight training camp. The experience was monumental for both coaches and players and bonded them together as one team. Upon reflection of the season, everyone involved agreed that the success was a result of more players being in better physical and mental shape. The season also produced players earning higher grades, less student athletes on the failure list, less demerits earned and more players searching out assistance during office hours. Not only did the season see our young men mature, but they ended with an 8- 4 record! While the team’s win-loss record is something to cheer, we are also incredibly proud of the individual accomplishments by these fine young men.
o 25 colleges or universities coaches made recruiting visits.
o 1 player won a statewide Mini-Maxwell Award, which is given to only 50 high school seniors.
o 5 players were honored by the Philadelphia Eagles for their academic & athletic achievements.
o 3 seniors were chosen to play in the City Non-Public vs. Public All-Star Game.
o 5 players were chosen All-Public by the Coaches Association.
o 1 player was chosen to play in Australia in the High School International All-Star game in July.
o 1 player was selected for 1st team, all state, free safety and considered by the AP as the #1 defensive back in Philadelphia and #4 in Pennsylvania.
The young football program is making tremendous strides and it is because of these young men’s hard work in the classrooms, their homes and on the football field, as well as the dedicated coaching staff guiding these young men.
Chip Kelley can only wish for such wonderful progress in his first two seasons as the Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach. Go Mastery!