Athletics and Clubs


Team sports are designed to foster teamwork, perseverance, and leadership skills. Students are eligible to participate in all athletics experiences regardless of gender or age or experience. Even students who have never played sports before find themselves caught up in the positive school spirit at Brehm. At Brehm, we believe the will to win and the work put in are more important factors than winning itself. When students have positive experiences with coaches they continue to seek out and learn from mentors who can help them in school, jobs, and other interests. Our students begin thinking outside of themselves. They learn the positive concept of team and teamwork. Attitudes often change from this is about “me” to this is about “us”—because everyone gets to play. They learn to be happy for the other team members and the impact success in others has on the team as a whole. 


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Physical Fitness Programs

Fitness is vital to success! Cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance/strength, and percentage of body fat are the primary focal points. We set goals and check progress. Physical Education and Health classes are designed to help students make wise choices regarding exercise, diet, nutrition, hygiene, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and sexual activity. By promoting a healthy lifestyle through encouraging, modeling, and educating, we hope to help our students become physically fit and avoid future fitness problems. When students feel healthier, it boosts their self-esteem, which helps fulfill their academic, social, and emotional needs.

Intramurals & Community Activities

Brehm intramural programs also provide opportunities for students to pursue group and individual activities related to fitness and healthy living. Thanks to our partnerships with other agencies, Brehm students can take advantage of including the SIUC Recreation Center, the 24/7 Fitness Gym, and other fitness resources in southern Illinois. Students explore individual interests and talents through community sports and resources such as horseback riding, Judo, local and regional 5K Races or competing on the local swim team. .

Leadership Programs

Brehm Student Council

Students are elected by their peers and experience leadership roles. Student Council members run the student store, plan dances, prepare staff-appreciation events, and serve as role models for their fellow students.


Brehm has extensive Recreational Activities and Clubs. Some take place on our expansive campus, and others are with our community partners. Students select and participate in an activity every day after school and at least one activity each day of the weekend. The recreation staff monitors student activities and suggestions from students are always welcome. Weekday activities may include swimming, hiking, jogging, paintball, art club, flag football, bowling, fishing, billiards, tennis, basketball, soccer, cooking, skating, and volunteer opportunities. Individual lessons are also available. They include horseback riding; art and lab classes; guitar, piano, voice, drum, and tennis lessons. There are also community-based programs available such as boxing, personal training, dance, fitness, and martial arts.

Weekend Recreation

Students also enjoy recreational activities on weekends, taking in Brehm’s expansive campus and the surrounding area’s rich array of offerings. These include professional sporting events, visits to state parks, camping, hiking, trips to St. Louis sites such as the zoo and museums, cultural events, theme parks, community service opportunities, community sports and athletics, and Southern Illinois University sponsored events such as opera, theater, ballet, and lectures. Students also enjoy participating in local events and festivals such as Lights Fantastic, Carbondale’s Great Cardboard Boat Regatta, Keep Carbondale Beautiful, Walk for Life, road races, and community service activities. Out tier system rewards responsible (and age appropriate) students with the opportunity to enjoy an independent weekend activity. Each students chooses their activity and includes a fellow student to ensure safety. Social events create lasting memories and are designed to encourage students to stretch beyond their comfort zones. Annual student favorites include:

  • Homecoming dance
  • Halloween party
  • Winter ball
  • Sadie Hawkins
  • Valentine’s dance
  • Formal prom