Dawson Athletics

Athletics are an essential component of The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain educational experience and is central to the School’s mission of mind, body and character. Through athletics, students face both success and defeat, preparing them for the achievements and disappointments of life. Participation in competitive athletics provides students the opportunity to experience and the value of dedication, sacrifice, time management, and teamwork. Students also develop leadership skills and strength of character.

Spring sports practices and games, which consist of tennis and track and field, have begun. Dawson is adhering to all COVID-19 safety and mitigation protocols as laid out in the Nevada Department of Education's Youth Sports Guidelines document.

Spring 2021 Season Highlights

  • Golf Update From the Coaches (5/19): The Bears Golf Team ended its season on a high note as they hosted LVDS at Red Rock Country Club. Our Dawson Bears posted 3 out of the top 4 scores and proved that skill and savvy can overcome a difficult golf course. Stars of the Match: Jesse and Benny tied for 1st place with a round of even par and 9 strokes better than the nearest competitor. Cameron, a graduating 8th-grader, ended his Dawson athletics career with his best finish of the season at 4th place. Andrew and Tyler were the models of sportsmanship this past tournament.  They helped LVDS golfers find their errant shots, explained rules, and exemplified what it means to be a Dawson Bear. 
  • Tennis Update From the Coaches (May 14): Dawson's 7th/8th Bears Tennis Team fought hard in its last tennis match of this season, but fell to The Meadows Mustangs 5-7. The Bears Tennis Team finished the season with a 3-1 record, and we're so proud of our student-athletes! Stars of the Match: Balin (6th) played up on the 7/8 team and won his match 5-4; Pierce won a very close singles match 5-3; Oliver and Killian won their doubles match 4-1! 
  • Golf News From the Coaches (May 11): Dawson Bears squared off in its second golf match against The Meadows School at Red Rock Country Club. The front nine holes are a challenging par 37 that's riddled with large greenside bunkers and greens that require keen putting skills. Two Dawson Bears tied for the best score of the day, and five golfers scored in the top 8! Stars of the match: Serena's positive attitude is infectious and her ability to make her fellow competitors feel welcome and supported is second-to-none; Jesse tied for the lowest score of the match but finished his round with a phenomenal eagle on the ninth hole to card a 1-over par 38; Alex played a solid round that was highlighted with a 35-foot birdie put on the 4th hole.
  • Tennis News From the Coaches (May 7): This week, Dawson's Tennis Teams competed in a two-day match against Las Vegas Day School. The 5/6 Team won its match on Wednesday 7-0 and the 7/8 Team won 7-1 on Thursday. The team fought hard and had a great time on the courts! Stars of the Match: Sophia M., Aryanna, and Sophia D. and Gwyneth! The 7/8 team will play in its final match next week to round out the season.
  • Tennis News From the Coaches: Dawson's 5/6 Tennis Team competed in its first match of the season against The Meadows School on Thursday. Athletes showed amazing drive and focus winning the match 4-1! Stars of the Match: Balin winning two singles matches (4-1, 4-1); Oliver winning singles match (6-2); Melanie stepped up to fill in for an absent player in a Doubles match! 
  • Track & Field News From the Coaches: The Dawson Track & Field Team showed incredible fight and spirit last Thursday in their meet against The Meadows School and Sky Pointe Academy. Being their first meet of the year, the Dawson Bears proved they can compete in all running and field events. Stars of the Meet: Maya - First Place, Women's 1600M; Siena - Second Place, Women's 100M and Third Place, Women's Long Jump; Karola - Second Place, Women's 400M.
  • Golf News From the Coaches: Dawson Bears enjoyed their first tournament on Tuesday, April 20 against The Meadows School and Las Vegas Day School. Not only did our athletes represent Dawson well, but we also have some top finishers! Top finisher in the match was Benny (fifth grade) with a 1-over 31; 2nd place in the match was Jesse (eighth grade) with a 4-over 34; Dawson had 6 golfers in the Top 10 amongst boys. Additional Finishers: 6th Asher (39); T-9th Cameron (42); T-9th Jack (42); T-9th Robert (42); T-17th Alex (46); 20th Andrew.

Spring 2021 Tennis Team

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Spring 2021 Golf Team

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Spring 2021 Track & Field Team

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Dawson Athletics Philosophy

The focus of the Middle School athletics programis for students to gain experience in various sports and athletics skill development. The athletics department, coaches and athletes work together to create an inclusive, competitive team environment, while preparing students for the transition to high school athletics. As student-athletes at a Challenge Success school, our Dawson Bears will also gain experience in life skills such as time management. 

Dawson Athletics offers a no-cut policy that encourages students to be multi-sport athletics and take risks in learning new skills. However, representative roles are based on many factors such as being a great teammate, demonstrated ability and commitment.

Program Goals

  • Develop sport-specific skills
  • Develop knowledge of game strategies and rules
  • Have the opportunity to work cooperatively towards team goals
  • Develop a positive attitude towards teammates and opponents
  • Promote sportsmanship on and off the court/field at all times
  • Promote the concept of “nothing without labor”
  • Encourage the development of leadership qualities
  • Provide each athlete the opportunity to work toward a healthy lifestyle 

Red Rock Athletic Conference Championships

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  • Basketball

    2010 - 7/8 Girls
    2018 - 5/6 Boys
  • Cross Country

    2016 - 5/6 Girls
    2018 - 7/8 Girls
  • Football

    2004 - 5/6th
    2006 – 5/6th
    2009 – 7/8th
    2010 – 7/8th
    2011 – 7/8th
  • Swim

    2015 – 7/8th 1st place Individual 100 freestyle 
  • Tennis

    2011 - 14U/USTA
    2015 – 5/8th Tournament Singles Champ
  • Volleyball

    2008 – 5/6
    2016 - 5/6
    2017 - 5/6


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The Alexander Dawson School

The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, an independent school located on 33-acres in the community of Summerlin, is Nevada’s first Stanford University Challenge Success partner school for students in early childhood through grade eight. Utilizing the unique Challenge Success framework, Dawson uses research-based strategies and programs that emphasize student academics, wellbeing, and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners and leaders. At Dawson, students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.