Athletics Mission

The interscholastic athletic program at Phillips Exeter Academy embodies the school's core values: knowledge and goodness integrated.  Our program, grounded in integrity, promotes character development and collaboration.  We believe that athletic competition is a powerful teacher.  Physical and mental challenges in a team context offer athletes the opportunity to develop leadership skills, self–confidence and a commitment to others that will inspire them to lead productive and active lives.

Program Goals

  • Measure the success of our program by the degree to which individuals and teams embody the core values of the mission statement.
  • Staff teams with coaches of good character, with competence in teaching technical skills and who possess the ability to motivate and relate positively to student athletes and adults.
  • Celebrate the joy of competition and the benefits of physical fitness.
  • Develop individual athletes and teams that are constantly improving, hard–working, disciplined and schooled in the fundamental aspects of their sport.
  • Allocate equipment and resources to support the mission of the program equitably and appropriately for participants of each gender at all skill levels.
  • Provide a safe environment for all athletic activities.
  • Produce teams that are competitive and strive to win.
  • Offer a variety of team sports and encourage a breadth of athletic experiences.
  • Expect all members of the Phillips Exeter Academy community to demonstrate respect for opponents, officials and the rules of competition.
  • Develop in athletes an appreciation for the specific traditions, rules and cultures of their sport.
  • Build healthy, enjoyable and supportive team environments based on trust with no tolerance for hazing.