CHARGERS FOOTBALL HISTORY
Lighthouse Christian Chargers Football was formed in 2006 as the "Springfield Christian Chargers." The team played two seasons of 8-man football, winning the Division III 8-Man Championship at the NACA (National Association of Christian Athletes tournament in 2007).
In 2008 the team moved up to 11-man football and joined the new National Homeschool Football Association (NHFA). They also changed the name of the team to the "Lighthouse Christian Chargers." The team won the NHFA National Championship at the inaugural tournament in Panama City Beach, Florida. They would successfully defend their championship, repeating the feat in 2009. During those early years the team would have to travel out of state to play each week before being granted "Approved Competition" status by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Now the Chargers play half of the regular season against local high schools and half of the season against regional homeschool teams.
The Chargers would win a second pair of NHFA championships in 2013 and 2014, as well as a fifth in 2021, cementing the program as the most successful homeschool program in the country. In 2022 the five NHFA championship teams were inducted into the Missouri State Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2023 (the program's 18th season) a separate Junior Varsity team was created. Though several Junior Varsity games have been played in recent years, a separate full game schedule and separate staff has now been formed!
The Chargers Sports Ministry has since expanded to include eight sports and over 900 athletes! The Chargers offer baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, Track & Field, Cross Country & Cheerleading! #ChargersForTheLord