Participating in Sports

CLA athletics have grown to allow our elementary, middle and high school students to participate in our sports program whether it be at the developmental level, intramural, or competitively. Students wanting to participate in a sport not offered at CLA have the opportunity to participate in athletics at their home-zoned public school, provided he or she meets the eligibility requirements.

We also invite home-schooled students to participate in our athletic programs. Students attending other schools which offer sports can participate in our CLA intramural or developmental programs but not competitively.

An application and guidelines to participate may be found here.

Please contact your home zone school or the athletic director of the program in which you wish to participate for more information.

Chris Maignan

Athletic Director

Chris Maignan joined the CLA community in 2017 as the athletic director and upper school physical education teacher. Originally from Miami, Mr. Maignan attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Fitness and Wellness. During his time at the University of Florida, he walked onto the football team in 2011. Coach Maignan’s passion is to provide CLA students and the community with opportunities to develop and strengthen their leadership skills through athletics and fitness. He can be reached at

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Sports Teams at CLA

Cross Country

Who loves to run? CLA students love to run and our community loves to support them as they cross the finish line!  Cross Country is all about being consistent, committed, and challenging yourself! You are your biggest opponent! It deals with your progression through consistently challenging your commitment to be better than you were the day before. In our second year of cross country, our team was comprised of about 15 students in 5th-8th grades who developed a passion for running.  This year, we had Peter Boulware go to state for the second time and Noah Deem join him as they both finished off as the MVP’s for the season. We are excited to see what’s in store for next year. Cross Country season is typically in the fall beginning in August and ending in October.

Coaches: L.A Hanlon; Katryna Atkins


Our team, led by former FSU volleyball athlete Kensy Boulware and Zak Rabani had great success in its second year! We were proud to host two teams including a JV and Varsity middle school team. Fierce, fiery, and ferocious, our CLA Lions Volleyball team had a record of 7-3. With over 15 participants between the two teams, this program has the potential to continue to grow in the coming years.

Volleyball season is typically in the fall beginning in August and ending in October. Volleyball is open to 6-8th grade girls.

Coaches: Kensy Boulware; Zak Rabani

Middle School Boys Basketball

CLA’s first ever basketball team is off to a great start! Our boys are committed to the process of working hard and giving their best when it comes to attitude, effort, and getting better. With over 12 games this season, the boys have their work cut out for them. Working with Northside Community Center and using their facilities for practices, these boys are the foundation for the future of CLA’s basketball program. In order to better assist with the development of our younger, less experienced players, we separated the team into JV MS and V MS to allow our athletes more opportunity to get game experience. Our basketball program is a part of the Florida Independent Christian Athletic Association (FICAA) which allows the opportunity for our team to participate in post-season play with teams all around the state. Basketball is open to 6-8th grade boys and typically in the winter beginning in November and ending in January.

Coaches: Jamie Robinson; Tank Ackerman


Hear the Lions Roar! Our young team had spunk, spirit, and supported our basketball team with great pride! School spirit is the identity of the cheer team!  Cheer season can be done consecutively with multiple sports but is typically done in the fall with football and the winter with basketball. Cheer is open to 5-11th grade girls.

Coaches: Lisa Eikeland; Kayli Kapec

Track and Field

Sprinting through the finish line, jumping into a pit of sand, throwing the discus or shot put, and much more is what you can find our track and field athletes doing at a track meet. A combination of agility, speed, explosion, effort and attitude are needed to participate in one of the many different events that track and field has to offer. Our first year consisted of over 20 participants comprised of boys and girls eager to try the different events in order to see where their talents and gifts could be of best use for the team. Our track team trained at Peak Human Performance, a local CrossFit gym owned by Jenna Larsen. Track is open to 5th-10th grade girls and boys and typically runs in the spring beginning in March and ending in May.

Coaches: Tonya Windham; Heidi Stidham; John Kling

Future Sports

Developmental Sports

  • Running Club—1st-4th grade
  • Middle School Soccer—5-8th grade
Upcoming and Potential Sports

  • JV Middle School Girls Basketball Team—5-7th grade
  • Baseball – 1st-8th grade tentatively
Intramural Sports:

  • LS Soccer—1st-9th grade
  • Co-Ed Flag Football League—1st-9th grade
  • Co-Ed Youth Basketball League—1st-9th grade