Colby College Department of Athletics Mission Statement

Colby's mission is to provide the best preparation for life by enabling the individual student to find and achieve his or her unique potential. The Department of Athletics supports this mission by providing an avenue for individual exploration and development outside of the traditional classroom setting and by teaching and challenging men and women to reach their physical, social, and intellectual potential through participation in a wide range of sports and activities. With a focus on competitive, recreational, and wellness activities, our teaching honors effort and perseverance, rewards self-discipline, encourages interpersonal exploration, and promotes mutual understanding.

The department, committed to engaging and supporting students, faculty, staff, and alumni, offers a wide variety of activities that promote the health and fitness needs within a diverse community. These activities are an integral part of the Colby experience, and include activities on the intercollegiate, intramural and recreational levels. The department is committed to providing equal opportunities for participation to individuals, regardless of gender, representing all groups and backgrounds.

In keeping with the College's mission and NESCAC philosophy, the department supports and encourages academic excellence. Similarly, we support and encourage students as they strive for athletic excellence. Goal-oriented competition develops character, leadership, sportsmanship, and the ability to work with others as the student athlete meets physical, mental, and emotional challenges. These lessons in life skills and self-confidence, and healthy competition enhance the student's more traditional classroom education. In an environment where positive student experience is valued and achievement is honored, we strive to assist each individual student in reaching her or his highest level of excellence.

Colby student athletes and coaches are committed to the highest ethical and behavioral standards and to serving as role models while contributing to the Colby community at large as well as to outside communities.

September 2005

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