Participation and competition in extra-curricular activities, including athletics, at St. Charles provides an opportunity to teach the values of our Catholic faith in a Christ centered environment with the hope that these values will be transferred into the real world of responsible teenage and adult behavior. While our primary mission is academic and religious development, extra-curricular activities enhance the classroom experience by promoting unselfish play, trust, working as a group, commitment, respect and faith. Just as in the classroom, competition is acceptable within St. Charles’ extracurricular activities. Competition fuels the desire to excel. It enables the athletic and artistic students alike to live by the parable of the talents, where Jesus tells those that have been given talents not to bury them in the ground, but rather that God expects them to make the most of what they have been given [Matthew 25:14-30].