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Athletic Mission Statement

To inspire student-athletes to become the best versions of themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

Pope John Paul II Preparatory School is committed to academic and athletic excellence. At Pope Prep, athletics is a significant educational component of the student’s school experience. Student-athletes grow from their athletic experiences to become community leaders across the spectrum of life in business, medicine, law, philanthropy, government, as well as professional sports.

Our coaches are knowledgeable, committed, and passionate about what they do. Pope coaches seek to foster knowledge, skills, and values to promote a successful and meaningful life for their student-athletes. Pope Athletics encourages teamwork, accountability, and selflessness in our student-athletes to accomplish a collective goal of becoming positive, impactful men and women, who contribute to society.

As a member of the TSSAA Division II-AA, Pope Prep competes against 16 schools throughout the entire state from Knoxville to Memphis. Pope offers 24 Varsity sports, with approximately 70% of our student body participating in at least one sport. The class of 2019 had 17 student-athletes across 13 different sports receive the opportunity to continue their athletic career at the next level. 


“Sports contribute to the love of life, teaches sacrifice, respect and responsibility, leading to the full development of every human person.” - Saint Pope John Paul II