GISSV exposures students to sports through physical education (PE) classes, afternoon activities, and league competition.
We have been members of the Small Schools Intermediate League since 2010 and have participated in middle school soccer, volleyball, cross country and swimming competitions within the league. GISSV became an Associate Member in the California Interscholastic Federation Central Coast Section for high school sports in 2013. We field High School Girls Volleyball and Coed Soccer teams.
As GISSV grows and its league commitments increase, the overall concept and character of sports at GISSV will undergo some changes. In general, GISSV sports will become more competitive. This will in turn require greater commitment, time management and sacrifices from our athletes, especially as the number and length of practices during sport seasons gradually increase. Because league schools are from around the greater Bay Area, travel time and distances can also be expected to increase.
Athletics in the 2020-2021 School Year
GISSV's Athletic Director Team has been working hard to offer an alternative program that keeps our athletes engaged and active.
Online Sports during Distance Learning Times
"We got creative and tapped our connections! We will offer something exciting for each grade level (and even parents/staff!). The idea is to have a new and engaging sports activity each week, sprinkled in with some awesome guests in the fields of nutrition, mind skills training, and various other sports. We'll do yoga, indoor cycling, core/body strength training, basketball, challenges, etc. GO EAGLES!"
with Pro-cycling Sprinter Pascal Ackermann
When GISSV was forced to close campus in mid-March due to the Coronavirus, the Sports Department immediately sprang into action to find new and creative ways to educate and inspire our students about athletics and different ways of exercise.
Using our network, we were able to set up an exclusive Q&A session for our students with one of the world’s best pro-cycling sprinters, German super star Pascal Ackermann. Students received access to bilingual English and German materials about Herr Ackermann and the sport of cycling to inspire them before submitting their questions.
The end result of this project is a very informative insight in becoming a pro-athlete, the professional peloton, and the status of pro-cycling during this time.
A BIG thank you to the students who submitted great questions, Herr Ackermann for being game to answer them, as well as our partners Bora-hansgrohe Professional Cycling and Specialized Bicycle Components for making this opportunity for our students possible. We look forward to future collaborations!
Text: Kate Jungnickel, GISSV (project lead)
Video: GISSV Marketing production