Elementary-Middle School Athletics

About Our Program
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The Detroit Public Schools’ Elementary-Middle School Athletics Program offers all DPS students in grades K-8 the opportunity to play in a variety of organized sports across the district.

The Elementary-Middle School Athletics Program came about due to a District initiative, developed in 2013, from the collective feedback received from students, parents, community partners, school board members and union leaders, to reform the district back into a world class public school system, with the offerings, programs and services our parents and students expect as customers.

One of the driving forces behind the creation of the program, was that statistics show children fare better in school when they are involved in sports. Participating students in grades K-5 will be taught the fundamentals of a variety of sports, including proper technique, skill development and character building within a fun and inclusive atmosphere. Students in grades 6-8 will continue to sharpen skills and character building, with a dose of healthy competition.

Elementary-Middle School Athletics Brochure
View the K-8 Sports Feature!
Read the Michigan Chronicle Feature: Sports Programs Teach Life Lessons

 

Mission

The Mission of the DPS Elementary-Middle School Sports Program is to provide robust recreational, enrichment and competitive athletic programs in all K-8 schools. Through sports, DPS is committed to:

  • Offering students an enjoyable experience
  • Providing the greatest possible opportunity for athletics to participate in both practice and competitions
  • Promoting personal improvement in skills, physical condition and knowledge of the sport
  • Enabling excellence that accomplish the above and leads to sustainable success in other aspects of their lives

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Our Vision is that every K-8 student participate in healthy athletic environments that supports academic progress, promotes their physical wellbeing, psychological and social growth.

Goals

  • Every K-8 DPS student shall have access to multiple sports activities each year
  • To differentiate DPS by providing cost effective, highly competitive and socially enriching sport programs that attracts new students, their families and spectators
  • Maintain family friendly safe and secure sports environments
  • Establish socially responsible partnerships that enhance the quality of our program offering

K-8 Sports Team Registration

DPS Staff/Principals: If you would like to have an Elementary-Middle School Athletic Program at your school, please complete:

DSC_1107Winter 2016 K-8 Sports Offerings:

  • Boys Middle School Basketball
  • Coed 5th-6th Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Spring 2016 K-8 Sports Offerings

  • Coed 5th-6th Baseball
  • Coed 7th-8th Baseball
  • Coed 6th-8th Track
  • Coed K-5 Track
  • Coed K-5 Soccer
  • Coed K-2 Basketball
  • Coed 3rd-8th Flag Football

Schools may sign up any of our Spring 2016 K-8 Sports Offerings. If your school is also in need of a coach, please email edward.tomlin@detroitk12.org.

How to participate

Parents who wish their children to participate must complete the following forms.

Winter Boys Middle School Basketball/Cheerleading

  • Service Provider Partner:  Healthy Kidz
  • Start Date: Saturdays, January 9, 2016-March 12, 2016
  • Sites: Cass Tech, Fisher Upper, Cody, Renaissance
  • Registration fee: $10.00 per child with a maximum of $30.00 per family.
  • Team Information: 15 basketball players and 15 Cheerleaders
  • 2016 Boys Basketball Schedule

IMG_0943Coed 5th-6th Grade Basketball/Cheerleading

  • Service Provider Partner:  Healthy Kidz
  • Start Date:  Saturdays, January 9, 2016-March 12, 2016
  • Sites: Douglass, Mackenzie, King
  • Registration fee: $10.00 per child with a maximum of $30.00 per family
  • Team Information: 15 basketball players and 15 Cheerleaders
  • 2016 Coed 5th-6th Grade Basketball Schedule

Recent News

IMG_0371Congratulations Elementary-Middle School Track and Baseball Championship Winners!

Detroit Public Schools Middle School Track Championship was held Saturday, June 4 at Renaissance High School. Middle school teams from across the district took the track, but Bunche Preparatory Academy took home the back-to-back championship title for boys and girls!

IMG_0383Congratulations athletes and special shout out to Coach Plonka who does a wonderful job at getting his Bunche athletes out to participate!

Also held at Renaissance was the Elementary-Middle School Baseball Championship games! Burton beat Schulze 7-6 for elementary, and FLICS beat Earhart 10-8 for middle school.

Congratulations to the winning teams, Coach Becker (Burton) and Coach Reece (FLICS) for a job well done! View more photos!

Elementary-Middle School sports leagues busy emphasizing healthy competition, good sportsmanship

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The new K-8 Sports Leagues will rev up even further with a spring sports lineup of soccer, golf, baseball, flag football, track and basketball with registrations underway. Yet already, 900+ kids played in fall soccer, basketball and football, and another 750 are finishing winter boys and co-ed basketball and cheerleading programs.

UAW-Ford, Ford Motor Fund, DPS Foundation support

With direct support from UAW-Ford, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the DPS Foundation and experienced providers such as Healthy Kidz Inc., the district deployed its new strategic initiative in 2013-14 to offer all DPS students in grades K-8 an opportunity to play in an organized sport.

“Statistics show that kids do better in school when they are involved in sports,” said Edward Tomlin, named this year as Director of DPS Elementary-Middle School Athletics.

“UAW-Ford recognizes the importance of supporting arts, music and athletics in our schools because of the tremendous impact these enrichments can have on the overall development of students,” said Jimmy Settles Jr., vice president and director, UAW National Ford Department. “Today’s students are our future leaders and that is why as part of our on-going mission, we continually seek opportunities to brighten their path.”

Participating students in grades K-5 are taught the fundamentals of a variety of sports, including proper technique, skill development and character building within a fun and inclusive atmosphere. Students in grades 6-8 continue to sharpen their skills and character building, with a dose of healthy competition.

Coaches include representatives of the service providers, parent volunteers, and teachers… Read the full story

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Partners

  • UAW- Ford
  • Ford Motor Company Fund
  • DPS Foundation
  • Healthy Kidz Inc.
  • The Horatio Williams Foundation
  • Courageous Inc.
  • Danialle Karmanos “Work It Out”
  • Hollywood Golf Institute
  • First Tee of Michigan

Contact

Edward K. Tomlin
Director of Elementary-Middle School Athletics
Detroit Public Schools
edward.tomlin@detroitk12.org
Phone: (313) 873-6336

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