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 two-night, three-day overnight orientation that will give you and your fellow student-athletes, your teachers and 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. But our location also gives us the opportunity to choose amazing sites for our orientation adventures, such as Yosemite Valley, Lake Tahoe, Santa Cruz and the Foothills.
Several times per year, you'll join members of the Sugar Bowl Academy community in the Village Hall Great Room 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 11th and 12th Grade Boys' Advisory, each spring student-athletes, staff and parents participate in the Lake Tahoe Century Ride, a 117-mile bike ride from Sugar Bowl Academy to Tahoe City, around Lake Tahoe and back to the Acedemy. The bike ride serves as an amazing community building event as well as a fundraiser for both Sugar Bowl Academy and the World Bicycle Relief, a Chicago-based, non-profit organization dedicated to "providing access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles."
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 and everything in between. The production is a highlight of SBA's Year-End Celebration usually held the night before graduation.
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 weeks, holiday festivals, Break the Dress Code days and an annual gift to the graduating seniors.