Pioneer Athletics Mission & Objective

Pioneer Athletics Mission & Objective

Letter From President Jane Atkinson - 2010 (pdf)


The mission for intercollegiate athletics at Lewis & Clark College is to improve the quality of students' lives. For student-athletes, this will be accomplished through the medium of sport by providing them with the opportunity to participate in an activity that encourages personal growth and character development. For the campus community, this will be accomplished through shared institutional pride, fun and excitement resulting from the efforts and accomplishments of individual athletes and the college teams they represent.

The objective is for student-athletes to create bonds that last a lifetime by developing the good and unique person and inspiring and helping others to do the same.


It is essential for Lewis & Clark College athletes to understand and strive to master the concepts embodied in the core values of effort, teamwork, competition, self-confidence, integrity, balance and scholarship.

Making an effort to excel, working hard and intelligently to achieve excellence is primary. The teachings of sport can only be learned when one dares to put forth a full effort. The ability to channel energy and focus positively describe and are essential to intelligent effort.

Freely disseminating information to assist teammates to improve and freely accepting information from your teammates to help yourself get better are basic elements of teamwork. By being this kind of teammate, each athlete contributes to the team beyond the number of points they score. When this occurs, the value of a team becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

The value of competition lies not in winning or losing, but learning to adapt to, persevere through and thereby overcome the pressures that result from it. Adaptation and perseverance will be the qualities that define all lifetime development, success and achievement.

Self-confidence is a key element of growth. It enables athletes to move forward in light of physical discomfort, psychological barriers, disappointment or accomplishment, all circumstances encountered regularly in sport and life.

Personal and team development in sport is a process that requires integrity. This means abiding by the rules of the sport and taking responsibility for ones actions, even those results one would like to blame on the opponent, officials, equipment or weather.

Balancing the many aspects of a student-athletes life from sport, to academics, to social responsibilities, and community involvement, will lead to the greatest all-around development of the person.

Student-athletes will strive to be scholars in the classroom, of their sport, and in their life's endeavors. By doing so they will come to know the world and people around them and more importantly, they will come to know themselves.

These values of sport lie in striving to do it well, from the basic fundamentals of movement, strength and conditioning to difficult and complex strategies, techniques and human dynamics. Doing sport well, experiencing success is essential to learning and a complete education through sport, requires the positive feedback that comes with significant accomplishment.

Sport offers quantitative measures by which one can judge how well the sport was performed. Student-athletes, by practice and training in an integrated collegiate environment, learn the habits (values) that lead to performing well. What they then find is it is these same habits that lead to performing well in other areas of life that may not offer immediate quantifiable feedback.

The source of success in sport is sometimes attributable to intangibles or unknown sources. As a unique human endeavor, sport performances are often subject to unpredictable and powerful sources of motivation, strength or endurance. Preparing the mind and body in order to be postured for exceptional performance when the opportunity presents itself requires something like faith or trust. Being "centered," "freed" or "in the zone" leading to success is likely the mastery and/or or the alignment of the core values of sport.

Sharing with others and celebrating the fun and excitement associated with and at the core of sport is integral to intercollegiate athletics at Lewis & Clark College.


Intercollegiate athletics at Lewis & Clark College will be:

Conducted in an enlightened academic atmosphere in which the campus community will demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the educational value of participation in varsity athletics and in which student-athletes complete their academic programs at rates comparable to their peers.

Governed by all applicable regulations and principles in which no athletic outcome can be justified by the intentional violation of any rule or policy as set forth by NCAA principles of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, compliance and amateurism.

Operated to promote the physical and emotional health and secure the safety of all participants.

Organized to provide high caliber, equitable, diverse and broad-based athletic experiences that correspond with the interests of the student population, the Northwest Conference and NCAA Division III.

Managed to provide a link between the College and its' various constituencies by bonding different generations of students and alumni with the institutional pride that comes through the accomplishments of student-athletes and teams.

New Division III positioning statement

The new Division III positioning statement begins with a phrase intended to simply describe the student-athlete experience: "Follow your passions and discover your potential."

The statement continues:

"The college experience is a time of learning and growth – a chance to follow passions and develop potential. For student-athletes in Division III, all of this happens most importantly in the classroom and through earning an academic degree. The Division III experience provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletic environment, where student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges and life skills. And student-athletes are encouraged to pursue the full spectrum of opportunities available during their time in college. In this way, Division III provides an integrated environment for student-athletes to take responsibility for their own paths, follow their passions and find their potential through a comprehensive learning experience."

Check out the video: Click Here

This is the first video from the NCAA's new Division III Identity Initiative. The purpose of this video is to communicate the values of Division III, as well as the six attributes of Division III: Proportion, Comprehensive Learning, Passion, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, and Citizenship.

Platform launch highlights DIII forum (pdf)