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Middle School Athletics



JFWA offers basketball for students in middle school (grades 4-8). The aim of the Academy’s middle school basketball program is to develop skills and knowledge of the game for beginners and experienced players alike. Practices begin early in the fall semester. The competitive season for middle school runs late October to early January. The Academy plays most basketball games in the historic Mars Gym, and the high school teams can expect to play a handful of games in the Tex Turner Arena (varies season to season). Currently, five former Academy players are competing at the collegiate level, and over its history, JFWAs basketball program sent numerous players into the collegiate ranks.



JFWA’s middle school cheerleading program provides opportunities for students in grades 5-8 to learn and grow their abilities in scholastic cheerleading. Try-outs are typically held in April/May for the following school year, and a supplemental try-out is usually held in August for new students. Practices begin over the summer prior to the school year and continue through the conclusion of the middle school basketball season in late December or early January.

Cross Country


JFWA’s middle school cross country program provides competitive opportunities in cross country for students in elementary (grades 4-5) and middle school (grades 6-8). A fall sport, cross country practices begin in August with competitions beginning around Labor Day. The middle school cross country season consists of 5-6 races in the regular season and concludes in October with post-season opportunities to advance to the state championships hosted by Knoxville Youth Athletics.



JFWA offers middle school tennis for grades 5-8. The middle school tennis program combines beginning and developmental tennis instruction with limited match play to give younger students opportunities to grow into the sport. Our emphasis for our middle school tennis players is learning the sport, having fun, and establishing a foundation for future growth and success.