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 a variety of sports for our 5th-8th scholars. The sports offered as well as their timelines are listed below. Because of our awesome sponsors, all fees have been waived for our athletes! Check out these amazing local businesses!

For grades K-4, we offer our own Owlsome Soccer League in the spring. This is an intramural league coached by the parents of our little Owls. Game days will always be on Saturdays and always take place right here at GIA.

Kara Allen,
Athletics Director

Season One

August 1st -October 2nd

Boys Baseball
Girls Basketball
Co-Ed Soccer
Co-Ed Cross Country

Season Two

October 1st-December 11th

Boys Volleyball

Season Three

December 13th-March 5th

Flag Football
Girls Volleyball

Season Four

March 7th-May 14th

Boys Basketball
  • GIA Soccer Team
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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


Gallo Construction

(520) 836-8899

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Cardinal Glass Logo
AGE Landscape Logo
Fruth Group Logo

Gold Sponsors


Healthmatch Advocacy

Healthmatch Advocacy

Carolyn Bennett BSN, RN, BCPA
Independent Advocate

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Ehrbright Logo
Two Brothers Logo
Arizona Elks
Pedego Gilbert Logo
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Owlbert Sponsors


Lopez Advanced Automotive
AZ Home Pros

Matt Rodriguez

AZ Home Pros

Mindi Dawkins

The Importance of Sports

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  • GIA PE
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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.


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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.

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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.