SJHA Athletics Program


SJHA has a number of sports opportunities for our students across grade levels. This program gives students the opportunity to compete in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Staten Island. Our athletics program helps our students develop physical, emotional, intellectual, and social skills. It builds their character and fosters a strong sense of team work and efficacy.

Sports teach you so many valuable life lessons. It allows you to understand success and failure. Most importantly, sports brings communities together and helps student athletes develop character and personality. Playing sports requires time, dedication, passion and energy. It’s important to get involved, make new friends, be physically active and what better way to achieve that than by becoming involved in SJHA Elementary School's Athletics Program?

At SJHA we provide many opportunities for your child to get involved with the following sports this 2023-2024 school year:
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swim
  • Track
  • Volleyball (NEW!)

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the field, court or pool!



Please complete the following forms and email them to Athletic Director Mr. Michael Smith at [email protected] or hand them in directly to the SJHA Elementary School Office.

Michael SmithAbout Mr. Michael Smith, SJHA Elementary School Athletic Director and Religion Teacher

Michael Smith has a BA in Sports Management and a minor in business from St. John’s University and obtained his MBA in General and Special Education from Touro College. Ever since he can remember, he has always wanted to be involved with sports as a career. Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, Mr. Smith is naturally competitive and motivated to succeed on any level of sports. His passion has always been sports, so when he was appointed Athletic Director at SJHA he was thrilled for the opportunity to bring his knowledge to the table and help the children develop.


Sports is, and continues to be, a way of life for Mr. Smith. He has over 20 years of experience playing soccer, at Holy Child, Staten Island United, St. Joseph by the Sea and a men’s soccer league. Baseball, however, is his truest passion. He played for Great Kills Little League, the Staten Island Padres and St. Joseph by the Sea. He continues to play in a men’s softball league and he hopes to show no signs of slowing down as he gets older! If Mr. Smith is not playing sports, he's teaching his son Mikey to play baseball or watching the Raiders, Rangers and of course the NY Mets.


St. Joseph Hill Academy Elementary School Athletic Director 

Mr. Michael Smith

Email: [email protected]

718-981-1187 ext 9657



"Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do."
- John Wooden
lisaAbout Ms. Lisa LaVara, SJHA Elementary School Assistant Athletic Director and 7th Grade Math Teacher 
Ms. LaVara is an energetic Junior High School Math teacher in our Hill community. She is excited to bring that energy to her new role as the Assistant Athletic Director of the SJHA Athletics Program. Growing up in a family that loved all sports and having spent most weekends at tournaments, one of her passions is basketball. As a young girl, she played CYO basketball at her home parish on Staten Island; as well as played on various travel teams. She continued to play basketball at St. Joseph-by-the Sea High School. In college, Ms. LaVara decided to bring her passion of basketball to Staten Island’s youth by becoming a coach.  She has been coaching basketball ever since. Ms. LaVara is excited for the opportunity to help assist in coordinating our sports program and planning various events. She is eager to help develop our student athletes to be the best that they can be.  

St. Joseph Hill Academy Elementary School Assistant Athletic Director 

Ms. Lisa LaVara

Email: [email protected]