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CMS Athletics Mission Statement & Philosophy

Mission Statement:

The mission of the CMS Department of Physical Education and Athletics is to enhance student development and personal growth through participation in competitive intercollegiate athletics, lifetime physical education and recreation activities.  Our programs develop the positive characteristics of teamwork, leadership, discipline, and resilience.


Philosophy:

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges place the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of students' academic programs. Our focus is to integrate objectives and programs in athletics with academic and developmental objectives by maintaining an environment in which student-athletes' activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athletes' educational experience. To achieve this end, CMS:

a) Encourages participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletic opportunities for their students.

b) Encourages the development of sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all constituencies including student-athletes, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators.

c) Assures that athletic participants are not treated differently from other members of the student bodies.

d) Provides educational opportunities and coordinated efforts to ensure the health and welfare of its student-athletes.

e) Provides equitable athletic opportunities for men and women and gives equal emphasis to men's and women's sports.

f) Ensures that the actions of coaches and administrators reflect fairness, openness and honesty in relationships with student-athletes.

g) Finances, staffs, and controls the program through the same general procedures as other departments of the colleges.

h) Awards no athletically related financial aid.

i) Gives primary emphasis to SCIAC and regional in-season competition. However, exceptional teams and individuals are encouraged through regional and national post-season competition.

j) Supports student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of athletic performance by providing all teams with adequate facilities, competent coaching, and appropriate competitive opportunities.

As a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges joins the California Lutheran University, California Institute of Technology, the University of La Verne, Occidental College, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, the University of Redlands and Whittier College in subscribing to the SCIAC Ethics and Conduct Statement as to the conduct of its athletic programs.

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges assume responsibility to ensure that:
a) Conduct before, during and after competition of all those who represent the participating institutions exhibits the highest standards of behavior.
b) Competition is conducted in a manner that encourages enthusiastic support within the confines of good sportsmanship, and fosters a positive attitude among spectators in support of their teams.
c) Coaches and student-athletes abide by the letter and spirit of the playing rules and are responsible for conducting themselves in an honest and sportsmanlike fashion at all times.
d) Coaches are encouraged to foster sportsmanlike behavior on the part of their student-athletes both in and out of season.