For 29 years, The First Academy Department of Athletics has been a cornerstone of success in Central Florida high school athletics. The First Academy Royals have earned 42 Individual State Champions and 11 team State Championships. Alumni have represented the Royals in the largest platforms of athletics, including the 2013, 2015, 2016 NCAA Football FBS National Championship, 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four and 2015, 2017 NCAA College World Series.
The Class of 2017 netted millions of dollars in athletics scholarship offers and is represented by 21 student-athletes continuing their athletics careers at the collegiate level. More importantly, TFA Athletics embodies the principle of Christ-centered competition, developing young leaders in their relationships with Jesus Christ.
The First Academy athletic facilities include the Cramer Family Field House, Natalie Thomas Gymnasium, and the Payne Stewart Athletic Complex. Interested in renting an athletic event space? The First Academy athletic facilities have limited availability for event rentals.
The Cramer Family Field House was the result of a multi-year capital campaign raising $10 million dollars to build the largest high school basketball complex in Florida. Inside, the field house features 2 state of the art NCAA Basketball courts, upscale locker rooms, an oversized lobby for events, a glass mezzanine with athletic offices, and prime seating for up to 800. The Natalie Thomas Gymnasium features a basketball court, trophy showcase, multiple classrooms, and offices for athletics and coaching staff.
The First Academy’s Payne Stewart Athletic Complex is comprised of the Warden Stadium, Kroy Crofoot Field, the Scott Larson Pavilion, and the Orel Hershiser Field. The Stadium is home to the football, track, soccer, and lacrosse teams. Track and field athletes enjoy the 400m Mondo Super X track. Meanwhile softball and baseball teams enjoy separate fields along the west side of the complex. Teams share collegiate style locker rooms underneath the Warden Stadium. The Pavilion was dedicated to Scott Larson and features a concessions area and seating for families to enjoy.
The First Academy Alumni have gone on to represent The First Academy in the largest collegiate platforms including 2013, 2015, and 2016 NCAA Football FBS National Championship, the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, and the 2015 and 2017 NCAA World Series.