St. Ursula Academy, along with Central Catholic High School, Notre Dame Academy, St. Francis de Sales School, and St. John’s Jesuit High School, joined the Detroit-based Catholic High School League (CHSL), beginning with the fall sports season of the 2023-24 school year. These Toledo schools will be eligible to compete in CHSL championships in all 30 sports overseen by the league.
SUA and the four other Toledo schools were previously members of the Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC), which is disbanding next year.
“With this move, the students in Toledo and all CHSL member schools will have increased opportunities to compete against communities that share a common mission of developing youth to live life as Jesus did, striving to find God in all things—even on the playing field and in victory or defeat,” Matt Daniels, senior director of Catholic education for the Diocese of Toledo, said in a joint statement with the CHSL leader.
The CHSL is the largest Catholic sports league in the U.S., with 27 private high schools located throughout southeast Michigan and now expanding into northwest Ohio. The addition of the Toledo schools will bring that total to 32.
“On behalf of the CHSL and the Archdiocese of Detroit, I am thrilled to welcome these great schools and dedicated student athletes into our league. The decision of our board was unanimous,” Vic Michaels, director of the CHSL, said. “We’re glad to give the Toledo schools a new athletic home and grow our community of schools committed to Christ-centered athletics.”