Participating in Sports

CLA middle school students are able to participate in sports through the public schools and other private schools. According to Florida State Statutes, Florida students from smaller private middle and high schools without their own sports programs are allowed to compete in athletics at their home-zone public school, provided he or she meets the eligibility requirements. Students may also participate is sports programs through other private schools if that private school agrees.

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 first year of cross country, our team was comprised of over 30 students in 5th-8th grades who competed in 8 meets this past season. We even had our very own Peter Boulware qualify for middle school state as a 5th grader! 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: Katryna Atkins; L.A Hanlon


Our team, led by former FSU volleyball athlete Kensy Boulware and Bre Edwards (current red shirt junior on the FSU beach volleyball team), had great success in its first 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 came in 2nd place in their first tournament with much more experienced teams. With over 15 participants, 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; Bre Edwards

JV 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 Gamespeed and using their facilities for practices, these boys are the foundation for the future of CLA’s basketball program. Basketball is open to 5-7th grade boys and typically in the winter beginning in November and ending in January.

Coaches: Will Carpenter; Tank Ackerman


Hear the Lions Roar! CLA’s cheer team is led by former FSU dazzler Wendy Crawford and longtime cheerleader Tonya Windham. We had a big turnout our first year having enough to have a JV and Varsity team. With over 15 participants, they support their school at any given chance whether it is at games, races, pep rallies, and even sponsor events. School spirit is the identity of the cheer team! Cheer season can be done consecutively with any sport but is typically done in the fall with football and the winter with basketball. Cheer is open to 5-9th grade girls.

Coaches: Wendy Crawford; Tonya Windham

Future Sports

Upcoming and Potential Sports

  • Middle School Girls/Boys Track and Field–5-8th grade
  • Middle School Boys Varsity Basketball Team—7-8th grade
  • JV Middle School Girls Basketball Team—5-7th grade
  • Soccer – 1st-8th grade tentatively
  • Baseball – 1st-8th grade tentatively
Intramural Sports:

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