Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy athletics are an important part of the comprehensive Jewish and secular educational program. The sound development of the physical capacities of youth complements and enhances the intellectual, religious, emotional and social development of every young man and woman.

HBHA’s Lower and Middle school sports program endeavors to develop the self-esteem of each individual participant. Fundamentals of the game are learned at this age as well as equal playing time. Kids learn how to be a part of a team outside of winning and losing. Our coaching staff demonstrates proper sportsmanship, teamwork and character.

At the Upper school level, teams can be fielded for both JV and Varsity pending on how many students decide to play. Hyman Brand has a “no cut” policy meaning everyone gets to be a part of a team. As coaches and educators, we want what is best for your children. Sports help build character, accomplish team goals, provide interaction with your peers and teach you about life’s lessons.

At the Junior Varsity level, playing time is equally distributed in which players have many opportunities to develop their skills. At the Varsity level, the Academy cannot guarantee playing time as we are still trying to keep our teams competitive. Coaches determine playing time by many factors such as work ethic, attitude, recent game play, fitness and leadership. Students will be able to be full members on the team for games as well as getting to practice with the team. If the opportunity arises, coaches will do their best to make sure everyone gets playing time.

Hyman Brand also follows the NAIA Champions of Character initiative. These are five core values that are implemented into our student athletes, parents and coaches. At the end of the season, up to one male and one female at the high school level will be chosen as a Champion of Character. This student athlete will join other Champion of Character athletes from around the Kansas City area at the NAIA National Basketball Tournament held at downtown Municipal Auditorium for an award ceremony.  

    •     Integrity- Positive internal traits that guide behavior
    •     Respect- Treating others the way you want to be treated
    •     Responsibility- The social force that binds the individual to the good of the team 
    •     Sportsmanship- Following the rules, spirit and etiquette of athletic competition
    •     Servant Leadership- Serving the greater good

Hyman Brand currently offers the following sports by season:

  • Boys & Girls Cross Country (Grades 5-12) Fall 
  • Boys Varsity Soccer (Grades 9-12) Fall 
  • Middle School Boys Soccer (Grades 5-8) Fall 
  • Girls Tennis (Grades 5-12) Fall 
  • Boys & Girls Basketball (Grades 5-8) Winter
  • Boys & Girls High School Basketball (Grades 9-12) Winter
  • Girls Varsity Soccer  (Grades 9-12) Spring
  • Middle School Girls Soccer (Grades 5-8) Spring
  • Boys Tennis (Grades 5-12) Spring 

Our middle school teams play in the Metropolitan Private School League which consists of private schools from around the Kansas City metro area. To find out more information on the league, please visit the league website at www.kcmpsl.com. Here you will be able to find everything from game directions, schedules and FAQ.

At the High School level, our teams compete in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Schedules are formed against teams within our league as well as against other public and private schools in the Kansas City area. Varsity soccer teams can have games range from 8-15 in a regular season. Basketball will play more games as it is a longer season. Varsity basketball teams also get to participate in Jewish High School Tournaments 1-2 times a year outside of the Kansas City area. Locations have included Baltimore, New York City, Canada and Florida. Tournament locations vary year to year.

For more information regarding HBHA Athletics contact Athletic Director Austin Benton at 913-327-8162 or at abenton@hbha.edu.

Kansas State High School Activities Association

Champions of Character