St. Catherine's Academy in Anaheim was founded in 1889 by Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose as an independent Catholic school with a military tradition.

St. Catherine’s Academy Obstacle Course promotes social, emotional and physical health to students

St. Catherine’s Academy (SCA) in Anaheim, CA has been open for full time in-person instruction since last August.
Boys in Kindergarten through 8th grade have thrived from being back on campus and have enjoyed the benefits of physical activity that comes from the academy’s infamous obstacle course. Not very many students can experience an obstacle course while at school, especially not one like the one at St. Catherine’s Academy.

SCA’s unique course has proven to create more than just a fun and exciting physical activity. Students enjoy racing, jumping, swinging, crawling on the course. They do this while enhancing their motor skills, coordination, teamwork skills, problem solving abilities, sensory exploration, building strength and endurance.

The obstacle course at St. Catherine's Academy promotes social, emotional, and physical health. Courtesy photo.
The obstacle course at St. Catherine’s Academy promotes social, emotional, and physical health. Courtesy photo.

“Now more than ever, students need to move their bodies,” said Sister Johnellen Turner, Administrator/Principal. “Physical activity offers mental health benefits for students and is an excellent outlet for them to deal with stressors. I really believe that exercise through this activity helps our students socially and in their academic performance.”

As an all-boys’ Catholic school with a military tradition, St. Catherine’s Academy has always placed emphasis in physical activity and its obstacle course has been the perfect addition to its campus. The obstacle course was made possible over a decade ago by sponsorships from Olympic Gold Medalist, Misty May-Treanor and former Major League baseball player, Matt Treanor. After 10 years, SCA received another generous sponsorship from SCA board members, Peter Ganahl and Mr. & Mrs. Levecke to upgrade the obstacle.

“We are so tremendously grateful to our donors who believed in our idea and helped us give our students something that they could enjoy and benefit from,” said Sister Johnellen.

SCA’s Military Directors have spent the year training their students as young as 7-years-old while helping to build their confidence and helping them become the best versions of themselves, both physically and mentally.

“We are so proud of our cadets and their ability to prove they can handle the challenges place before them. Our objective is to push our cadets both mentally and physically, while expanding their faith and all they accomplish at Saint Catherine’s Academy,” said Captain Ramos. “When our cadets are out there running, jumping, climbing, swinging and crawling their way to the finish line, they find strength that they didn’t even know they had,” said Military Director SSgt. May.

For questions about St. Catherine’s Academy, please visit www.stcatherinesacademy.org or call (714) 772-1363. St. Catherine’s Academy founded in 1889 by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, is an all-boys’ Catholic school with a military tradition located in Anaheim, California. The school offers an academic program for boys in kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as military structure and leadership training. The school offers both day and boarding options.

This article was released by St. Catherine’s Academy.