Empowering Students for Success
The mission of our Athletic Department is to build self-confidence, self-esteem, pride and respect for self and others through participation in an athletic community which values each student as an individual. Our programs promote sportsmanship, hard work, fair play, fun, the development of team concepts, winning as well as losing with dignity, and other valuable lifelong lessons.
Fall Athletics Highlights
We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes and partners. We would especially like to congratulate the Boys Cross Country team which competed in the Western Mass Championships and qualified for the State Meet for the 5th year in a row; the Cheerleading Team for placing 3rd in the State Championships; the Middle School Intramural Champions – Peck for Basketball and McMahon for Flag Football; and the Unified Basketball team which finished 4-1 in their inaugural season (and they won all of their games in the Final Jamboree with 8 other teams, finishing their season 7-1).
HPS Middle School Intramural Program
Holyoke Public Schools Unified Sports
Holyoke Public Schools offers two Unified Sports designed to provide a competitive sports program for students with and without intellectual disabilities. We have Unified Basketball in the Fall and Unified Track in the Spring. The primary focus of the program is to learn new skills, meet personal goals and participate with a team. This program has shown proven results in providing students opportunities to play sports together, enhance school climate and give students increased physical, social and educational skills. Our Unified athletes and partners work hard as a team to be successful in their sports and in school. Unified sports have proven to be a wonderful addition to our Holyoke Athletic Program.
Our Unified Track Team won Division II Western Mass Track Championships last Spring and will have a Championship Banner in the gym!
H.H.S. Adaptive P.E. Ice Skating Program
The program is for students with and without disabilities. Our student-athletes enjoy being paired with their peers in this adaptive physical education setting at Fitzpatrick Rink.
Sports Head Injury and Concussions
Who needs to participate in a Sports Head Injury and Concussions Awareness Course?
The law says that the following people must participate in this training program:
- Athletic trainers
- Parent volunteers for any extracurricular athletic activity
- Physicians employed by the school or who volunteer for any extracurricular athletic activity
- School nurses or nurses who volunteer for any extracurricular athletic activity
- Athletic Directors
- School marching band directors
- Parents or legal guardians of children who participate in any extracurricular athletic activity.
You can become certified at either of the two online locations:
The course takes only 30 minutes to complete
Do parents and athletes have other responsibilities under this law?
Yes. Students and their parents or legal guardians must provide information to the school regarding any previous sports head injury at the start of each sports season. The Department of Public will be developing a sample form for this purpose. In the interim, parents and athletes can be asked to provide this information in a format selected by the school. However, these forms must require the signature of both the student and the parent or legal guardian. Coaches must receive this information prior to allowing any student to participate in an extracurricular athletic activity so they can identify students who are at greater risk for repeated head injuries.
High School Sports:
Cheerleading – JV/ Varsity
Cross Country – Boys and Girls Varsity
Field Hockey – JV / Varsity
Football – Freshman / JV / Varsity
Golf – Varsity
Soccer – Boys and Girls JV / Varsity
Volleyball – Girls Freshman /JV / Varisty
Basketball – Boys and Girls Freshmen / JV / Varisity
Cheerleading – JV/VARSITY
Ice Hockey – Co-op with South Hadley High School
Indoor Track – Boys and Girls Varsity
Skiing – Boys and Girls Varsity
Swimming – Boys and Girls Swimming
Wrestling – Varsity
Baseball – Freshman / JV / Varsity
Softball – Freshman / JV / Varsity
Tennis – Boys and Girls
Track – Boys and Girls
Volleyball – Boys JV / Varsity