We are committed to supporting our students beyond their work in the classroom and to expanding opportunities for extracurricular activities in D65. We are excited to announce that we are looking to build an inclusive athletic program for elementary students in fourth and fifth grade beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. We believe this will offer much-needed opportunities for students to get more physical activity, develop relationships with peers, learn the importance of teamwork, build self-esteem, learn valuable life skills, and more!
We are so grateful for our educators, staff, and community partners who currently help to facilitate various academic, enrichment, and extracurricular programs for our students. We know these individuals have great insights to share. As we look to build a program available to students across our district, we want to make sure this is a team effort!
In order for a student to try-out, practice or participate in Cross Country and/or Track & Field, a current Certificate of Child Health Examination or IHSA/IESA Preparticipation Physical Evaluation must be completed and signed by a properly licensed healthcare provider and on file before the first day of try-outs. Sports physicals are effective for 395 days (13 months) from the date issued.
Sports Physical: IHSA/IESA Preparticipation Physical Evaluation
State of IL form English: State of Illinois Certificate of Health (English)
State of IL form Spanish: State of Illinois Certificate of Health (Spanish)
Concussion Waiver/Parent Authorization: Concussion Information & Authorization
The Frequently Asked Questions below are for District-sponsored athletic programs for fourth and fifth grade students.
Note: Athletic programming for first through third grade students is coordinated by the City of Evanston. Registration information can be found on the City of Evanston website.
What sports will be offered?
Fall offerings: coed flag football and coed cross country
Winter offerings: boys/nonbinary and girls/nonbinary basketball and coed cheerleading
Spring offerings: coed track and field and coed soccer
What grade levels are included in the D65 Elementary Athletics Program?
Currently programming is open to fourth and fifth grade students at D65 elementary and magnet schools.
How will the District ensure these athletic opportunities are inclusive of all students?
All students shall be permitted to participate in all athletics programming in a manner that corresponds with their gender identity or in a manner that allows the student to feel the safest, included, and most comfortable.
How do I register?
Registration for each participating student must be completed online through Eventlink. If you need assistance, please contact Maredeth Teamer, Elementary Athletic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are physicals required to participate?
Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, all athletes will need to have a sports physical to participate. We are giving some grace as we begin the year. Please note that all fall athletes must have a completed sports physical on file OR an appointment scheduled by November 1, 2023. Please turn the completed physical form in to your school health clerk.
When will teams practice?
Teams will practice one or two times per week. Schedules will be sent to participants prior to practices beginning. The schedule is dependent on the availability of coaches as well as facilities.
Where will practices be held?
Practices will be held at the students' respective school.
Who will teams compete against?
Basketball teams will compete against other D65 schools as well as several local private schools that have teams.
Do all students get to play/participate?
Yes, all students who register will have the opportunity to play/participate at the elementary level. The number of teams per school will depend on the number of students registered.
Will students receive uniforms?
Yes, all students will receive uniforms with their school logo.
Who will serve as coaches?
The District continues to recruit coaches who may be D65 educators and staff members as well as community members. All coaches must follow District 65 hiring guidelines which includes a background check.
Where can I find more information about the athletics program?
More information can be found in the D65 Elementary Athletics Student Handbook, which will be updated in October.