Christian Heritage Sports (CHS Sports) started in 1995 with a summer soccer camp, led by Jeff Paterson. The camp attracted approximately 25 home school kids from Christian Heritage School. Beginning in September of 1995, we began a physical education program of one day a week athletics. Every two months we changed sports, which included basketball, soccer, football, tennis, softball, baseball, track, and other recreational activities.
After two years, it was discovered that other home school groups/schools were competing in basketball. At that point, CHS joined those schools and helped form the Southern California Christian Athletic League. In the early 2000’s, as we were adding several sports to the league, God continued to direct the program, blessing it immensely.
In 2003, with the help of an attorney friend and four CHS Sports Directors, we were able to create a 501c3 nonprofit organization, California Home School Sports (CHSS). One of the main purposes was to create an open door for local businesses and sponsors to support CHSS and allow those entities to receive a tax credit and by 2006, CHSS had decidedly become the league for home school sports teams in Southern California. There are many teams competing year-round in basketball, volleyball, football, baseball, softball, and track & field.
In addition to the regular season of games, CHSS and the CHS Sports families host three home school championship events throughout the school year that bring in home schoolers from throughout the State of California and neighboring states. These events are:
The Home School Volleyball Championship Tournament
The March Gladness Basketball Tournament
The Home School Track and Field Invitational
Christian Heritage Sports desires that every homeschooled child will have the opportunity to participate in physical education classes and athletic competition. Our desire is to have each child improve to the best of their ability, always improving their God given talents. The sports program is designed around Biblical principles that instill Godly character traits. Each coach is asked to take an active role in teaching the fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-24. In addition, the coaches are asked to lead by example by putting God first in everything - Col.3:23. Our ultimate goal is for each athlete to improve their athletic skills as they learn Christian character traits through participation in a variety of sport activities.