K-8 Grade Sports Program

Owls Schedule

Kara Allen
Kara AllenPhysical Education Teacher and Athletics Director


Welcome to our sports page. The Grande Innovation is proud to offer the following sprots for our middle school scholars:

  • Fall Season: Co-Ed Cross Country , Girls Volleyball, Boys Flag Football
  • Winter Season: Boys Basketball
  • Spring Season: Girls Basketball, Co-Ed Soccer, Baseball

For our younger athletes, we have soccer available through the Boys and Girls Club and basketball through CG Parks and Recreation.

Kara Allen,
Athletics Director

Youth sports game times and locations have not been determined at the moment. Game days will always be on Saturdays. All information about the sports offerings of the younger ages will be given by the coaches and myself as they progress.

2018 – 2019 Fall Season

CAA Junior High Flag Football

CAA Junior High Girls Volleyball

CAA Co-Ed Cross Country

CAA Cheerleading

Boys and Girls Club Soccer 7-8 year olds

Boys and Girls Club Soccer 9-10 year olds

2018 – 2019 Winter Season

CAA Junior High Boys Basketball

CAA Cheerleading

Parks and Recreation Basketball 7-8 year olds

Parks and Recreation Basketball 9-11 year olds

Running Club

2018 – 2019 Spring Season

CAA Junior High Girls Basketball

CAA Cheerleading

NFL Play60 Co-Ed Flag Football 7-8 yar olds

NFL Play60 Co-Ed Flag Football 9-10 year olds

  • GIA Soccer Team
  • OWL Mascot

Junior High Sports

Please visit the Canyon Athletics Association for junior high game times, game locations, and upcoming events.

Canyon Athletic Association

Our Owl Sponsors

The Grande Innovation Academy offers a competitive sports program for our middle school scholars through the Canyon Athletic Association. We receive no funding for sports from the state. Please download our sponsor letter to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Sponsors help us pay for uniforms, equipment, league fees and helps offset the participation fees for our athletes.

Sports Sponsorship Letter
Owlbert the Mascot

Proud Sponsors of GIA Athletics!

In gratitude to our sponsors, please click on the logos to learn more about our sponsors.

Platinum Sponsors

Casa Grande Pawn
Drug Free
Capital R Construction Logo

Gold Sponsors

Cardinal Glass Logo
Fruth Group Logo

Silver Sponsors

Flag Football 2017

Game Date  Time School Address
Home 8/24/17 4:30 PM Carden of Tucson 950 N Peart Road Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Home 8/31/17  4:30 PM Leading Edge Maricopa 950 N Peart Road Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Home 9/5/17  4:30 PM Academy Del Sol 950 N Peart Road Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Home 9/7/17  4:30 PM Legacy Maricopa 950 N Peart Road Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Away 9/9/17 10:00 AM Legacy Tucson 3500 W., W Cortaro Farms Road, Tucson, AZ 85742
Away 9/13/17 4:30 PM Math and Science Success Academy 701 W Calle Ramona, Tucson, AZ 85706
Away 9/19/17 4:30 PM Skyline Gila River #456 W Casa Blanca Road, Bapchule, AZ 85121
Away 9/26/17 4:30 PM Legacy Casa Grande 1274 E O’Neil Drive, Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Away 9/28/17 4:30 PM Legacy Maricopa 17760 Regent Drive, Maricopa, AZ 85138
Home 10/3/17 5:00 PM Cambridge Academy Queen Creek 950 N Peart Road Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Away 10/5/17 4:30 PM Copper Point School 732 W Rodger Road, Tucson, AZ 85705
Home 10/12/17 5:00 PM Copper Point School 950 N Peart Road Casa Grande, AZ 85122

Cross Country 2017

Save the date for the CAA’s first 2017 meet on Saturday, September 2, 2017!

The Race on the Ranch at Orme School
Meet location: The Orme School 1000 East Orme School Rd. Mayer, AZ 86333

Kick off the 2017 Cross Country Season with one of the most scenic and challenging courses in Arizona. Runners will run along pastures of cattle and horses on the beautiful 300 acre Orme School campus.

Awards will be given to top 5 runners per heat, and top 3 teams per heat. We’ll have concessions: Gatorade, ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs, and much more. Our admissions will also host a raffle for 2 Phoenix Suns basketball tickets! Look for the table by the finish line! Race on the Ranch tee-shirts will be on sale well! Look for your school on the back!

* 5$ parking fee for car
*sign-up at athletic.net; our registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on August 30th, 2017.

Event Schedule:
7:30 High School Coaches’ Meeting / Concessions open
8:15 Girls’ Varsity Division I
8:45 Girls’ Varsity Division II
9:15 Boys’ Varsity Division I
9:45 Boys’ Varsity Division II
10:00 Middle school coaches’ meeting
10:15 Break to adjust course for middle school
10:45 High School Awards Ceremony
10:45 Middle School Girls, Division I
11:10 Middle School Girls, Division II
11:35 Middle School Boys, Division I
12:00 Middle School Boys, Division II
12:30 Middle School Awards ceremony

The Importance of Sports

  • GIA Soccer
  • GIA Soccer
  • GIA PE
  • GIA PE

The Grande Innovation Academy believes that good sportsmanship pro­vides guidelines that can be generalized to the classroom and lifelong achievement. Partici­pation in challenging sports contests teaches children to love classroom challenge. It also teaches children to function in a competitive society.


The world of sports mirrors how one can play the game of school and life. Good athletes stay in the game and play their best even when they are losing. This teaches them about a growth mindset. They can improve on the field, court or in the classroom if they put in the effort. They know they will win some and lose some. They discipline themselves. They practice with grueling regularity the necessary skills for their sport. Education, life accomplishments, creative contributions in the arts, sciences, business, and government involve similar perseverance and self-discipline.

Our society is competitive, and we should teach our children to function in competition and how to both win and lose as good sports. Children must learn that winning and losing are both temporary and that they can’t give up or quit. Learning to become a team player is also important for children who may prefer to be the center of attention.

Soccer Ball

Active Scholars Do Better

The importance of physical fitness chart.


Boys and Girls Club Logo
CAA logo

Some children are natural athletes while others have lesser physical coordination. Sports and athletic activity are good for building confidence for both groups. For the well coordinated, the discipline of honing skills gives a sense of improvement and accomplishment. Winning games and moving to higher levels of competition permit these children to sense their personal progress. The Grande Innovation Academy offers competitive sports through the Boys and Girls Club and the Canyon Athletic Association.

jump rope

Children with lesser coordination need to begin involvement in less competitive sports at first or in activities in which they can achieve improvement compared to past accomplishments to measure their own growth. The Grande Innovation Academy strives to develop our youngest athletes with sports on campus that are non-competitive. This way they can not only improve their competency but can also thoroughly enjoy the fun of sports.