Sports Programs at TLC

The Learning Center is firmly committed to providing opportunities for wellness across the board for our students. We believe that in addition to stretching a students mind, they should stretch their bodies too.

Good nutrition, daily physical education and garden based learning have long served as a core value ensuring physical wellness for our students. Offering extracurricular sports programming provides further opportunities for student health, self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork and leadership building! 

Wrestling became our first official team sport in 2018 and we are hopeful that we can expand our offerings soon.  We plan to partner with Carolina Mountain Athletics to pursue volleyball and cross-country for the fall and basketball in October for our middle school students. 

Soccer Now a Competitive Team Sport at Our School

New for the 2019-2020 school year, soccer is now offered as a competitive team sport at The Learning Center Charter School.

Soccer will be open to students for U12, U10 and U8 divisions. The three school teams will compete within the Cherokee County Soccer League and each team will be co-ed.

Ms. Shelley Farmer, physical education staff member, says that practice will be immediately after school at Conahetta Park. If rain prevents outdoor practice, the teams will practice on campus in the gym.  Ms. Shelley adds that students can expect to have practice two to three times a week and games will fall on Thursday evenings and/or Saturday mornings.

“Last year we introduced wrestling as a team sport to our students and we are thrilled to expand our program to include soccer this school year,” said Ms. Shelley.

Registration is now open through August 16th. The registration fee if $60 for the first child and $55 for additional siblings. Forms can be filled out in the front office. Feel free to contact Ms. Shelley with questions at


The Learning Center Bears Wrestling Club

New for the 2018-2019 school year, wrestling is now offered as an after school activity at The Learning Center Charter School.

Wrestling Club is a USA Wrestling affiliated club that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in November from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Competition will be at USA Wrestling Folk Style Wrestling events across the mountain region.  The club is under the direction of Head Coach, Mike Catuto, and Assistant Coach, Sean Bain. It will be held in the Gymnatoriam on the charter school campus in Murphy.

Catuto said, “I’m very excited to be part of this program start up.  The sport of wrestling teaches a variety of skills that will last far beyond the wrestler’s school age years.”  He added, “Wrestling is both an individual and team sport at the same time which helps build self confidence and camaraderie.”

The new club is open for both boys and girls at the school.