“Our daughter now equates sports with giving thanks to God before and after a game, and she is learning to practice virtue with her teammates. We are so grateful to Badano Sports for giving us not only a sports option, but a place for our whole family to grow in community and faith with our Catholic brothers and sisters. It has truly been a blessing to us; we look forward to all our children participating for years to come.”

-Tracy & Scott Dirrane

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The mission of Badano Sports is to form strong female disciples of Jesus Christ. Through sports, we seek to foster authentic feminine spirituality, servant leadership, vocation discernment, and joyful Catholic witness.



Badano Sports was launched in August 2018 as a division of Highlight Catholic Ministries, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. In the fall of 2018, 70 girls participated in our soccer, tennis, cross country, and PE programs.


Our Patron

Chiara "Luce" Badano was another young Italian athlete who lived life to the fullest with a passion for Jesus and sports. Born in 1971, Chiara enjoyed playing tennis, skiing, and swimming. While playing tennis at the age of 16, she experienced severe pain in her shoulder and was later diagnosed with bone cancer. Her response? "It's for you, Jesus. If you want it, I want it to." After seeking treatment in Turin, the hometown of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, Chiara faced death by planning her funeral as if it were a wedding. She died in 1990 and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.


We are offer a wide variety of homeschool and after-school clinics throughout the school year. So far, classes include Soccer, Tennis, “Fit for Heaven", Basketball, and Pickle ball. Stay tuned for our first Badano Summer Camps in 2019! To Jesus through sports!

Badano Sparks

In the fall of 2018 we assembled a cross country team of Catholic girls to compete for the greater glory of God within the Catholic Schools Athletic League (CSAL), and in 2019 we added volleyball. We look forward to expanding to other sports like basketball!

Group/Private Lessons

We offer group or private training in virtue through soccer, basketball, tennis, and more.