Welcome to the Gates Chili Athletic Program

  • Dear Fall Athletes and Caretakers,

    As we gear up for another exciting season of sports, I want to take a moment to remind you of the incredible journey you're embarking on and the transformative power that athletics holds in shaping you as young adults. The fields, courts, pools, courses, and mats are not just spaces for competition; they are arenas where you'll find the tools to become well-rounded individuals, nurturing your growth in ways that extend far beyond the boundaries of the playing field.

    Sports teach us lessons that are invaluable, both in our education and in life. The dedication you show in practice, the perseverance you exhibit in the face of challenges, and the teamwork you embrace on the field are the very qualities that will set you up for success in your academic pursuits and future leadership roles. Just as you train your bodies to achieve your best performance, remember that your minds also require training to reach their full potential.

    The connection between athletics, education, and leadership is undeniable. The discipline and time-management skills you develop as athletes translate directly into your academic responsibilities. Balancing practices, games, and schoolwork fosters the ability to organize your time effectively and make the most of every moment. The teamwork and communication you practice on the field parallel the collaboration and interpersonal skills you'll need as future leaders in various spheres of life.

    Getting off to a positive start this season is crucial not only for your personal growth but also for the culture of our school. Your dedication, sportsmanship, and determination set the tone for the entire learning community. By leading with enthusiasm, respect, and a commitment to excellence, you inspire your fellow students to approach their endeavors with the same fervor and determination.

    Remember, each practice, each game, and each challenge is an opportunity to learn, improve, and make lasting memories. Embrace every moment, cherish every lesson, and carry the values you learn through sports into every facet of your life. Your journey as athletes contributes to the collective growth and character of our school, and I have no doubt that you will make us proud.

    Here’s to an inspiring season of growth, achievement, and teamwork. Let's support one another, learn together, and lead by example. Go out there and show our competitors the incredible potential that lies within each of you.

    I look forward to seeing you out there.

    If you have any questions about Gates Chili Athletics or would like more information on one of our programs, consult our handbook, or reach me at (585) 340-5050 ext. 21315 or klhammel@gateschili.org. I look forward to working with you as partners in your student’s athletic career at Gates Chili CSD.

    Mr. Ken Hammel
    Director of Physical Education, Health, and Athletics

Ken Hammel, Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics

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