The Norfolk Academy Athletic Program is an integral part of the school’s overall educational experience. It contributes to the physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being of every student-athlete in a manner consistent with Norfolk Academy’s overall Philosophy and Objectives.
Athletics is powerful because it can bridge gaps, bring people together who otherwise might not interact, and provide opportunities not available elsewhere. The culture of Norfolk Academy Athletics enhances each student’s overall educational experience and character formation.
Norfolk Academy’s teacher-coach model builds cohesion and continuity throughout our Middle and Upper Schools. With classroom teachers coaching nearly all of our competitive athletic teams, students come to know and appreciate one another on multiple levels. Trust earned in the classroom continues to build on the field, and lessons learned on the court—about teamwork, about patience, about strategy and tactics—find applications back in the classroom.
2022 D.A. Taylor Memorial Middle School Basketball Challenge
Thursday December 1 and Saturday December 3
On behalf of the D.A. Taylor Foundation, we would like to welcome you to the 16th annual D.A. Taylor Memorial Middle School Basketball Challenge. Over the past fifteen years, this event has raised almost $95,000 for the foundation.
D.A. began attending Norfolk Academy in the third grade. He was a high honor roll student, as well as a National Merit Semifinalist. He also excelled in athletics, earning honors in multiple sports including football, basketball, and lacrosse. D.A. was highly motivated to succeed and was a positive influence in the lives of all with whom he associated. On February 17, 1995, D.A. became ill with meningococcal meningitis. After courageously battling the disease for just over a month, D.A. succumbed to it on March 20, 1995. His family and friends founded the D.A. Taylor Charitable Foundation in 2006 to honor D.A.’s spirit and the quintessential and symbolic good that he represented. His existence naturally touched all of us, and it is our proud obligation to prolong that spirit through his name.
The mission of the Foundation is to identify young people with the will to better themselves through academic study, and then to instill in them a sense of hope and purpose, by giving them the confidence and means to attain higher education.
Our goal this year is to raise $8,000 through this Middle School Basketball Challenge. We will be presenting a sportsmanship award to a deserving team in each bracket. All proceeds will go directly to the Foundation.
Graduates currently competing in college
Multi-sport varsity athletes
Middle and Upper School students on a school team
Faculty members who competed in college athletics
Average number of games broadcast on NA-TV each season
Lanes in the indoor pool with 2 diving boards