Jenison Public Schools is honored to be able to offer a quality athletic experience that functions as an extension to our fantastic educational program. Our athletes, along with all members of our athletic community strive to promote and observe the values of sportsmanlike behavior both on the playing field and in the stands.
Although the experiences of our recent athletic seasons have been uniquely challenging, our team of coaches and athletes forged ahead, seizing every opportunity to improve and grow.
We collectively look forward to turning the corner and pushing toward the fall, anticipating a much more familiar and normal athletic experience for players and spectators alike.
Enjoy a few recent highlights from the Wildcat athletic department.
We are excited to welcome Justin Brennan and his wife Kendra to our Jenison community. Justin has taken the position of Director of Strength and Performance. He has had a strong start with summer conditioning programs. We are excited about what he will do for the health, wellness and strength of all of our athletes.
Wrapping up his 3rd year as Jenison Public Schools Athletic Director, Tim Ritsema demonstrated great leadership by bringing his coaching staff together to build the JPS athletic culture. Peter Stuursma, Hope College Head Football Coach, engaged our coaches in a motivational talk on “Culture Matters!”
In May, we were able to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2020-2021 Athletic leaders. These high school athletes were nominated for recognition by their coaches for leadership, being a great teammate, hard work, and dedication. This was another celebration that was postponed as we typically recognize these throughout the year. It was a beautiful evening to gather in person. Each student was given a certificate and each coach spoke about what they meant to their program.
It was a great year despite the challenges of Covid and many Jenison individual athletes and teams performed remarkably well with honorable results in districts competition and beyond. Soon after school adjourned for the summer, another simple but fantastic moment came to our beautiful campus. It was so great to see the stadium alive that beautiful Saturday morning as JHS hosted the D3 State Track and Field Finals!
See you in the fall! GO WILDCATS!