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Teamwork opens up a world of opportunity where students experience the thrill of playing on a team, while working together for a common purpose. Some of our students' best memories are those shared either on the field or cheering from the sidelines. The true benefit comes from experiences on and off the field that develop character and teach responsibility and leadership.

Conference Affiliation

New Garden Friends School is a member of the Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice. Our varsity athletes have the opportunity to compete for championships at the conference and state level. Middle division teams compete in the Independent School League. Learn more about the CAASC here.

Varsity and Middle Division

Varsity sports are open to students in grades 7-12. Varsity sports include boys soccer, girls volleyball, co-ed cross-country, boys basketball, co-ed golf, co-ed flag football, and boys tennis. 

Middle Division sports are open to students in grades 5-8. All MD sports are co-ed and include cross-country, soccer, flag football, basketball, and volleyball. Find out more about MD sports here.

Update for Fall 2020

In response to the unprecedented times we are all forced to deal with as a result of Covid 19, the NGFS Athletics program will function a little differently this year. 

We will remain committed to the five principles that make up our “I CARE” system, while guiding our student-athletes through this year’s sports journey. Those five principles are: Integrity, Commitment, Accountability, Respect, and Effort. 

This year our Fall Program has been redesigned to provide our student-athletes with the safest and most productive way to continue to develop physically and mentally as athletes, and as overall human beings. During the following seasons (indicated below in bold), we will be offering the listed opportunities for our student-athletes grades 7-12:

FALL (August 25-End of Fall Semester)
Speech & Debate Team: We understand that some members of our student community will be unable to participate in any level of “in-person” activity. We created our Speech & Debate team to ensure that all students have an opportunity to compete in sports this year. We have attached the details to this email. 

Intramural Cross Country Competitive League: Student athletes will train, and compete in small groups. Each runner will be ranked based on course time completion.

Individual Development Program: 
The Athletics department will provide up to an hour of individual instruction for groups of 2-4 student athletes at a time, 3 times each week throughout the fall. Students will be asked to sign up for the sport of their choice and will receive a Sign-Up Genius invite with available workout times. 

This training program will be focused on further developing each student athlete’s fundamental skills, as well as improving their physical conditioning. For students who may not have experience with athletics, training will be appropriate to the goals they want to accomplish and their level of fitness.

These small groups will allow for proper social distancing measures. To further mitigate the risk of the spread of the coronavirus, once a student athlete is assigned to a group, those groups will remain the same for 6 weeks. Our goal is to minimize the exposure of our student athletes to each other while providing a level of physical engagement that we feel is vital to their overall growth.

The overall goal with this program is to train our student athletes individually, so that they are better prepared to compete within a team setting at a later date during the school year in each respective sport. 

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball 
  • Basketball 

We have planned to move competitive Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Volleyball to the Spring. We are hopeful that this adjustment will afford us the opportunity to play a competitive fall sports game schedule in April of 2021.


Chess (Online competitive league)

Basketball (Boys and Girls): We are planning for a mid-January start. We will be playing a condensed schedule against a small select group of teams. All games will be played on our home court. No traveling will take place. 


Parents will have to provide transportation to and from all practices and matches. Our goal is to have all practices and games take place in the same location. 

  • Golf
  • Tennis 


**It is our hope that we can move our original fall sports to this time**

Please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or Serena with any questions you may have about this year’s athletic program. 

Thank You and Go Bears! 

Dwon Clifton
Athletic Director