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Sports Are Back at IDEA!

After an 18-month pandemic-induced hiatus, sports are returning to IDEA this fall. Athletic Coordinator Robert Jenkins, new to IDEA this year, is working on creating schedules and recruiting coaches for teams that will compete within the DC Public Charter School Athletic Association (DCPCSAA) league or operate as a club at IDEA. Some sports may be offered in cooperation with local organizations and recreation departments.

Teams are forming based on the number of scholars who have expressed interest in participating. Here's the lineup for each season, as of September 15, 2021, which is subject to change. 


Flag Football
IDEA's boys flag football team will play its first game on Friday, September 24, as part of the DCPCSAA league schedule. Details are coming soon. Interested players should contact Mr. Jenkins at
While IDEA's girls volleyball teams were league champions in 2013 and 2014, this season will focus on rebuilding--introducing a new generation of players to the game and creating a cohesive team. Volleyball will be an IDEA club this year and hopefully return to league play in 2022-2023. Tryouts will be held Thursday, September 16. IDEA English Teacher Julie Payne will coach. Contact her at


Mr. Jenkins hopes to make the most popular sport in the world popular at IDEA as well. If there's enough interest in soccer, it will be offered as a club this school year to help players gain skills for future possible league play. Interested players should contact Mr. Jenkins at
Cross Country
Not enough students expressed interest in running cross country this fall to create a team, but Mr. Jenkins hopes runners will keep training on their own and come out next year.
Basketball has always been big at IDEA, with the Timberwolves bringing home the league championship in 2016 and making it to the finals in 2017. IDEA will definitely host boys and girls varsity teams, as well as possibly a boys JV team. Drew Crawford will be back as varsity boys coach. Tryouts will begin in November, but interested students have begun informal workouts in the gym after school. 
Another popular sport at IDEA, cheerleading will likely return this winter to coincide with basketball season. Details on coaching and tryouts coming soon. Prospective cheerleaders should contact Mr. Jenkins at
Indoor Track
The charter school league does not sponsor indoor track meets, but IDEA runners may be able to participate in indoor track organized by the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation. Interested runners should contact Mr. Jenkins at
While wrestling will not be offered as an IDEA sport, potential wrestlers may be able to compete through another local organization. Interested wrestlers should contact Mr. Jenkins at If enough students are interested, IDEA could create a partnership.
Not enough students have expressed interest so far in playing baseball at IDEA to field a team, but since it's a spring sport, Mr. Jenkins is still open to hearing from potential players. Contact him at

IDEA's softball team was crowned league champions in 2014, but hasn't been active in recent years. A few students have expressed interest in playing softball, but more are needed to field a tea. Interested players should contact Mr. Jenkins at

Track and Field

More students are needed to create a competitive track and field team. Interested runners and other track and field athletes should contact Mr. Jenkins at

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