Welcome CAISSA Athletes!
Message from Head of School Rhonda Norris
Welcome to Carol Morgan School! CMS is honored and excited to be hosting the CAISSA Season 3 Tournament with teams from Ecuador, Grand Cayman, Trinidad, Venezuela, and Santo Domingo.
CAISSA is an outstanding opportunity to come together for the challenge of competing alongside developing long lasting and ongoing relationships between schools, teams, and players.
On behalf of the leadership of our CAISSA schools, we encourage each of you to challenge yourself in the spirit of competition striving for the win through good sportsmanship while embracing this experience, which is unique to you as players.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the time and energy that has gone into preparing for, planning for, and providing for this experience. Please remember to thank your coaches, your teammates, athletic directors, host families, parents, referees as well as those who will work endlessly throughout this weekend to ensure you have a memorable experience.
We wish each of you an amazing tournament. Good luck to all the players and the school teams. Play hard, work together as a team, and enjoy our beautiful host country and city!
Message from High School Principal Desmond Sjoquist
Competing in an international athletic event is one of the most memorable experiences in your life. Many years from now you will look back on your days in high school and you will not remember the math or social studies lessons. You will remember the great relationships you developed and the emotional experiences that touched your heart. I guarantee you will look back and remember coming to Santo Domingo and competing at the Carol Morgan School in CAISSA 2017. You will fondly remember the people you met, the games you played and the challenges you and your teammates overcame. You will remember the bonds that can only be created by sacrificing, practicing, and supporting one another as you work together as a team.
It is not about winning the trophy. It is about giving your best effort. It is about making friendships. It is about never being afraid to give it all you have, even if that turns out to be not enough to win the championship. Many of the world’s elite athletes have alluded to this concept. Michael Jordan said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” And even the amazing Babe Ruth said, “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” We encourage you to give everything you’ve got; leave it all on the floor or turf. Sacrifice and support for your team. But always remember it is about the experience and the relationships. That is what you will remember.
So compete hard, but have fun; make friends and create memories.
Thanks for participating in Carol Morgan School’s CAISSA 2017 Tournaments.