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Junior Olympics

Director of Junior Olympics, Chuck Bern.

Name: Chuck Bern
Job: Coach of Team St. Luke in Junior Olympics

Our objective is to provide an opportunity for our youth, through competitive sports, to grow socially and spiritually. We hope our participants enthusiastically enjoy the rewards of lifelong friendships and ultimately discover new abilities and talents. Many aspects of being an athlete (training, teamwork, discipline) are common to Orthodox life.

I have discovered that sports are even mentioned, very subtly, throughout the Bible.

For example:

  1. Baseball: Right from the "beg-inning" (Genesis 1:1).
  2. Tennis: "When David played in Saul’s court" (I Samuel 16:23).
  3. Target shooting: David must have practiced somewhere before his encounter with Goliath (I Samuel 17).
  4. Golf: Though not mentioned by name, if such a game were played in Old Testament times, Samson would have made “the cut”(Judges 16).

Paul uses strong language - “fighting... making my body a slave” - to explain that flabby soldiers don’t win battles and poorly-disciplined Christians miss out on winning spiritual awards.

The author of Hebrews also uses an athletic theme to explain how we are to finish “the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1), a race, we soon realize, that is not an Olympic event, but, life itself.

Junior Olympic Team

Job Description

Responsible for recruiting volunteers to coach and participate. Preparing, coaching and training of teams and individuals for sports events. Designing and securing team uniforms and equipment. Presenting certificates of participation and honoring the winners.

Coordinating with other churches for combined teams.

Current Events & Information

Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2016
Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2015
Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2014
Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2013
Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2012
Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2011
Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2010
Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2009
Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2008
Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2006
Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2005
Junior Olympics Annual Report, January 2004