San Marcos Academy offers competitive high school and middle school athletic programs for students
of all skill levels. High School athletes compete in TAPPS (the Texas Association of Private and
while middle school athletes compete in the Christian Athletic League of San
Antonio (CALSA) as well as in the San Marcos PONY League (baseball) and through intramural sports.
Among the sports offered at SMA are football, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, soccer, track,
cross country, swimming, tennis, golf, baseball and softball. Athletic facilities include a varsity
gymnasium, a JV/Middle School gymnasium, an indoor pool, an artificial turf multi-purpose field
with all-weather track, lighted tennis courts, a fully equipped fitness center, a Frisbee golf
course, a baseball field and a softball field.
San Marcos Academy teams wear green and purple and are known as the “Bears” or “Lady Bears.”
Lettermen for each authorized sport are recognized at the end-of-year Athletic Banquet. Also
recognized at the Banquet are the “Super Bears,” who letter in three sport and the “Super Grizzly
Bears,” who letter in four sports. On occasion, a student will earn the “Five Sport Letterman Award.”
Athletes who twice letter in one or more sports will receive a letter jacket. A student may earn
only one letter jacket after entering the ninth grade.
In addition to the Letterman Awards, San Marcos Academy presents several other athletic awards at
the Banquet and at the Academy Awards Program:
The Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award
is presented to the MVP in each major high
school team sport. In football, the MVP receives the Steve Fordham Award, which was established
in 1968 in honor of Steve Fordham, a member of the SMA Class of 1962, who was killed in action
The Battlin’ Bear Award
is also presented by several coaches to recognize those
athletes who demonstrate a positive attitude, outstanding dedication and an exemplary work ethic.
The Mannie Foster Award
is given to the best all-around male and female athlete
to recognize their athletic accomplishments as reflected in the core values of the athletic
program. Those values are character, effort, teamwork, and attitude.
The Mike Kipp Christian Athlete of the Year
recognizes a male and female athlete
who best demonstrate distinguished character, as reflected in the life and ministry of Christ.
The Bob Jennings Athletic Director's Award
is the highest award offered by the
athletics department. It is given to the athlete who best displays character, effort, teamwork,
and good attitude.
The SMA Athletic Hall of Fame
is an honor for which alumni of the Academy may be considered; for more information on criteria
and recipients, visit our Hall of Fame page.