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Mission Statement

Our programs produce well-rounded individuals through regularized activity, sportsmanship, positive social interaction and exemplifying ethical conduct. The self-realization of the participants, with a strong emphasis on health and fitness, is integral to our mission. We provide a variety of opportunities appropriate to a wide range of student interests and abilities. Our contribution to the overall educational experience is of importance.

Physical activity is an integral part of the development of the well-rounded individual and we strive to create an environment that fosters the development of self-realization and a positive self-image among our students. Four terms of physical education are required for graduation. It is strongly recommended that students complete this requirement by the end of their sophomore year. Through the four-credit requirement at Carleton College, we encourage our students to make regular activity part of their lives.

Underlying all course offerings is the opportunity for vigorous physical activity with emphasis on the health-related components of physical fitness. Students gain an understanding of the benefits of regular activity and some specific methods of accomplishing personal goals related to health and fitness.

Small classes foster a supportive learning environment and provide an opportunity for skill development for students of varying ability levels. Through vigorous activity people are better able to cope with the day-to-day stresses of a very intense academic environment. Students benefit socially from informal interaction with others. It is our responsibility to work with the special needs, strengths, weaknesses, and potential of each student.

The physical education program includes a variety of activity courses from which the student may select. Emphasis is on a "sports for all" approach in hopes that each person will discover that physical activity can contribute to his/her well being now and in the future. Most classes are coed and instruction is given at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

The recreation program promotes and encourages students, faculty and staff to maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle. One goal of the program is to maintain stimulating, challenging and inviting programming. Recreational and leisure activities focus on integrating mind and body through positive traditional and non-traditional recreational activities.

Athletic programs are another opportunity for the educational enrichment of individuals seeking a more competitive and challenging physical environment. A broad-based program of varsity, club and intramural activities is intended to meet a range of individual commitment, interest and ability.

Varsity athletics shares the same goals as physical education and recreation in addition to providing the student-athlete with greater opportunity for self-testing, skill development and the pursuit of excellence, commensurate with that sought by all entities within the scope of the institution. Varsity athletics are for highly committed student-athletes with exceptional drive and physical capabilities. Student-athletes seek out the direction of professional coaches for opportunities beyond the scope of the physical education curriculum and the recreational programs.