Sure, you'll be busy training and studying. But you'll also be involved in a variety of fun community building programs and activities throughout the year. While some programs are run by our staff, many are planned and executed by student-athletes. All are designed to be inclusive programs that foster strong and supportive relationships among and between student-athletes and staff.
Here are a few examples:
Every school year begins with a three-day orientation that will give you and your fellow student-athletes, your teachers, and your coaches an opportunity to develop natural, personal relationships with one another. Since we're right in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, building knowledge of and an appreciation for nature is a priority. Orientation also includes an overnight service trip in which we partner with local non-profits. In 2018, we provided over 400 hours of community service.
Three times per year, you'll join members of the Sugar Bowl Academy community in the Village Hall for formal dinners. On these nights, the Great Room is transformed into a fine dining establishment. Student-athletes and staff dress in formal attire, and the occasion allows members of the SBA community to interact in a non-traditional setting. Dinner is typically accompanied by a presentation either led by student-athletes or staff.
Organized and executed by the Student Leadership Council, each fall student-athletes and staff participate in the Sugar Bowl Academy Mountain Traverse Day, a hike summiting the peaks of Crow's, Disney, Lincoln, and Judah at our own Sugar Bowl Resort. The event serves as an amazing community-building day, mixing student-athletes into groups that are varied by age and discipline.
Each spring, you'll have an opportunity to be a part of the annual spring drama production. In addition to the practical skills learned through discovering and developing acting skills, the drama program builds a feeling of community in the spring, promoting trust and cooperation among student-athletes. Plays are selected in mid-winter, and part sizes range from as little as 5 or 6 lines to 150 lines. The production is a highlight of SBA's Year-End Celebration, usually held the night before graduation.
Once a week, you will be able to explore you passions and curiosities outside of the classroom during Clubs Block. Clubs are created and facilitated by student-athletes like you. Clubs for the 2018-2019 school year include: Art and Music Appreciation Club, Activities and Sportsmanship Club, Yearbook Club, Chess Club, and Community Service Club.
We value input from all student-athletes and staff to create opportunities for growth. Therefore, if you're interested in leadership, we'll encourage you to join the SBA Student LeadershipCouncil. The Council typically sponsors talent shows, Spirit Week, holiday festivals, and an annual gift to the graduating seniors.