The mission at Nichols School is to “train minds, bodies and hearts for the work of life, and to carry into all we do the highest ideals of character and service.” An overall goal of the extra-curricular athletic program is to promote that vision. We endeavor not only to develop the students’ athletic skills, but also to encourage students to be good citizens, to challenge their intellectual skills, and to teach them the value of teamwork.
An important goal of any school should be to provide students with opportunities to practice leadership, and participation in athletics provides many such opportunities. Teamwork and how students relate to one another is essential for future success in school and in life. There are few places where such skills can be better learned than on the sports field. Participation in athletics is therefore not separate from the educational process, but rather an integral part of it.
The Athletic Department at Nichols is committed to developing successful programs that will fulfill these objectives, and provide a challenging, competitive environment in which the ideals of sportsmanship, personal integrity, moral character and teamwork are stressed. While winning is important, participation in athletics goes beyond winning and losing games. Coaches have a tremendous influence on young men and women and our goal is to employ coaches who are not only experts in their field, but also excellent role models to our students. We expect our coaches to instill proper attitudes toward fair competition, and to teach student athletes the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
The lessons learned through competitive athletics will remain with students for a lifetime.
Robert J. Stewart