Princeton Public Schools
Athletic Mission and Values
The mission of athletics in the Princeton Public Schools reflects the mission of the district as a whole. Our commitment is to prepare our student-athletes to lead lives of joy and purpose, to foster their development of knowledge and character, to promote a sense of pride within our community, and a sense of achievement among our teams. Our mission is supported by the following four values:
Joy of Sport
There is joy in the act of playing a sport; there is joy in the physical and mental rigor of preparing for competition; and there is joy in being a part of something larger than ourselves – in contributing to a team. We want our young people to experience that joy, and we are committed to an athletic program that supports the fun of play, the fulfillment of hard work, and the camaraderie among teammates and coaches.
Education through Athletics
Learning is essential to athletics. Our fields and our courts are an extension of our classrooms. Our program is designed to teach our young people the skills, strategies, and training methods that will allow them to optimize their athletic performance. Our program is designed as well to help our young people optimize their performance in life. We want them to be people of character – able to win with grace, lose with poise, and compete in a way that honors the game and their opponent. We want to teach them what it means to lead and what it means to follow. We want them to reflect after every performance and use setbacks as the stepping stones to future success. We are committed to an athletic program that inspires students to set challenging goals and to achieve them. And we are committed to a program that helps our students learn the all-important lesson of how to balance athletics with academics and the many other commitments they have in their lives.
Sports can be a catalyst for the creation of community. The athletic program of the Princeton Public Schools strives to bring together students, staff, parents, alumni, and residents of our town. We value the support of partners throughout our community. Moreover, through their engagement, we seek to build a sense of pride in our program and in our young people.
We honor the long tradition of athletic accomplishment in the Princeton Public Schools, and we are committed to providing every student who wants to participate in our athletic programs the coaching, equipment, and support to do so. We actively celebrate the excellence of our athletes and of our programs. And we believe that our achievements in athletics are reflective of the excellence we value in all of our endeavors as a district.