Why We Play
The purpose of interscholastic athletics is to enrich a student’s high school experience; promote citizenship and sportsmanship; install a sense of pride in community; teach lifelong lessons of teamwork and self-discipline, and help young people grow physically and emotionally. In short interscholastic athletic programs are an extension of the classroom and exist to prepare students for the next level of life, not the next level of sports.
Statistics show that students who participate in these programs tend to have higher grade-point averages, better attendance records, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems than the general student populations.
For many students, it will be the last time of their lives that they will ever compete in organized athletics. They should certainly work hard, have fun, make new friends and strive to be the best. But participants should also strive to be the best students, teammates and members of the community so that when they enter the next phase of their lives they are responsible adults and productive citizens.