The philosophy of athletics at Pennington
Participation in athletics helps Pennington students develop into well-rounded individuals.
The Pennington School believes that an organized athletic
program is an integral part of a secondary school education. Pennington has
superb student athletes and championship teams, focused not on winning but on
developing potential, regardless of his or her perceived ability. Friendships
formed on the playing field; the self-awareness gained by trying to sprint
faster, leap higher, or hit a ball farther than yesterday; experiencing both
failures and successes; and the sheer joy of play are vital experiences that
enrich the lives of those who participate in a sport.
The School believes that students’ participation in the
athletic program develops far more than their bodies. Being an effective member
of a team and playing fair requires adherence to virtue, honor, and humility,
the core values of the School. Lessons learned in sports—cooperation,
self-discipline, adversity, success—translate well to other areas of one’s
For even the most dedicated Pennington student athlete,
sports are, and should be, only part of the picture. Academics are the top
priority, and all Pennington students extend themselves to become involved in
other activities and community service. The athletic program’s purpose is to
help every Pennington student develop the skills and values necessary to pursue
excellence in the classroom and the community with the same energy and
dedication as is demonstrated in competitive athletics.
Aims and objectives of the program
The Pennington School athletics program provides a resource
- A broad and varied program of activities to
meet the individual interests and developmental needs of all students.
- Activities which contribute to the development
and retention of optimum physical shape by encouraging total fitness:physical, emotional, intellectual, and social.
- Activities which provide the highly-skilled as
well as the novice athlete opportunity to participate in activities on a level
appropriate to his/her ability.
- Activities within which individuals will be
motivated to attain the highest level of skill and excellence desired, while
gaining an understanding of individual abilities.
- Opportunities for each student to participate
in and develop his/her abilities in activities through a sequential progression
- Opportunities for recreation and fun as well
as a resource for future recreational goals.
- An understanding of the rules essential to
participating in an activity and recognition of the value of conforming to those
- An understanding and recognition of the value in
a cooperative team effort.
- Developing a positive attitude of
sportsmanship by playing by the rules, being courageous in weakness,
controlling one’s strength, and being appreciative, respectful, considerate,
and honest with teammates, adversaries, coaches, officials, and oneself.
- Developing self-discipline.
The aims and objectives for each team are developed by and
reflect the views of the coaches involved, authorities in the field, and the
administration of the School.