The Grand Rapids Public Schools Athletics Department currently manages and supports 40 seasonal athletic programs available for GRPS scholars in kindergarten through 12th grade. 

Our Vision for Athletics

Grand Rapids Public Schools will create educational opportunities and experiences, through athletics, that will enhance scholar achievement, scholar development, and school culture.

Why Participate in Athletics?

As a district, we believe that the participation in athletic programs is essential for scholars to develop teamwork and self-discipline while building self-confidence - skills that help prepare scholars for the real world. We strive to provide an environment where our scholars are encouraged to learn new skills, dedicated to practicing those skills, and rewarded for their hard work. Athletics allows scholars to build positive relationships with their peers by learning sportsmanship in competition. 


Athletic Programs

Athletic programs are available to scholars at all of our schools. To learn more about what athletic programs are offered by grade, please review the elementary, middle, and high school athletic pages by clicking the buttons below. You can also contact your school directly for more information about athletic programming at a specific school or throughout the district.

Elementary Athletics Middle School Athletics High School Athletics


District Athletic News & Events

Ottawa Hills track star to run last race as a GRPS scholar at Saturday’s MHSAA Division 1 State Finals in Rockford
GRPS Track Star Named Meijer Scholar Athlete
Union High School Football Program Prepares Youth for a Future in Athletics

Support Elementary & Middle School Athletics

Through the generous gifts from the Grand Rapids Public Schools Foundation donors, Great Sports, Great Kids provides youth sports programming for elementary and middle school scholars across the district. 

Learn more about our Great Sports, Great Kids Program

Contact Us

Kurt Johnson
Executive Director of Athletics & Dual Enrollment
Justin Walker
Union High School Athletic Director
Marcus Harris, CAA
Ottawa Hills High School Athletic Director
Brodie Larson
Middle School Athletic Coordinator
Ann Sawyer
Administrative Assistant