In addition to high-quality classroom instruction, we offer many different enrichment activities that include after-school programming, clubs and activities, and sports and athletics. At E.L. Haynes, we have developed sports programs that support student growth and socio-emotional development from Pre-K3 through 12th grade. Led by Brent Bass, our cross-campus Athletics department offers a variety of sports, including Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Cheer, Lacrosse, and Track & Field, in conjunction with Saturday Soccer and Basketball clinics for our elementary school community.
Welcoming Alumni as Coaches
This year, we were excited to welcome back alumni to coach programs they were involved in as students. Alumni Herson Carrillo, Jordy Gomez, Eddy Hernandez, DiAnte McGriff, and Jelani White all brought their coaching skills back to E.L. Haynes this year — taking our Volleyball, Track & Field, Basketball, and Soccer programs to new heights.
Varsity Teams Set a High Bar
The 2022 – 23 School Year started strong with impressive opening seasons from our Varsity Boys Soccer and Varsity Girls Volleyball teams. Our Varsity Boys Soccer team won the 8th Annual Petworth Cup, bringing the championship trophy back to E.L. Haynes, and securing a spot in the top 10 teams in the District (#7). From there the team advanced to the state tournament, despite a tough season.
On the volleyball court, our Varsity Girls team played an unforgettable season. They started by hosting the first-ever E.L. Haynes Invitational Volleyball Tournament with nearby schools, during which the team made history by securing the inaugural championship title of what is now the annual E.L. Haynes Invitational Volleyball Tournament. After that powerful start, the team played an 11-3 season, advancing to the state tournament where they finished 4th in the District.
Elementary and Middle School Spotlights
For younger learners, sports provide a fun and active way to strengthen socio-emotional and teamwork skills, in addition to building sport-based technical skill sets. For example, our elementary school Saturday Soccer program teaches students how to dribble and kick, while also developing their overall confidence and interpersonal skills.
This fall, our middle school Coed Soccer team played a dream season. The team was undefeated in the regular season, qualifying them to compete in the 2022 DC Scores Capital Cup at Audi Field. Playing under the stadium lights was a feeling our student-athletes will never forget. Cheered on by staff and family members in the stands, they played hard; and although they came up short, they finished the game with their heads held high. Every year, each sports team aspires to advance to its playoffs and state finals, and our middle and high school teams played their hearts out.
Strengthening Student Success and School Community
As students grow older, participating in sports also helps to develop important life management skills, including time management, prioritization, and leadership. Throughout the year, student-athletes work hard to maintain good grades and adapt to new playing strategies when transitioning across sports. And as a community, we make space to find shared joy through sports. Every year, we host several student vs. staff sports games, including soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, and track & field.
Our 2022 – 2023 School Year student-athletes set the bar high, and we look forward to another successful year ahead.
Register for Fall Sports
Registration is now open for fall sports! If your student is interested in playing a sport this fall, visit our Athletic Registration page and be sure to sign up for real-time sports alerts. For more information, contact Brent Bass, Director of Athletics, at firstname.lastname@example.org.