The New Trier Athletic Philosophy
Interscholastic sports at New Trier High School form part of a diverse co-curricular program. The activities are regarded as vital parts of the total educational offerings of our school. The sound development of the physical capacities of youth complements and enhances the intellectual, emotional and social development of every young man and woman. These opportunities are useful tools in the achievement of the goals of a comprehensive education.
We encourage student participation in the athletic program and would like to involve as many students as possible in an educationally sound and successful, competitive, interscholastic experience. High school athletics is a competitive experience, therefore not all who try out make the team, nor do all those who make the team receive the same participation opportunities in contests. Ultimately, the participation level of individuals is a staff decision.
New Trier's dedication to excellence extends to our competitive athletic program. In this endeavor the Interscholastic Athletic Program serves as one of the extensions of the classroom, attempting to provide experiential learning opportunities and enhancing the learning which occurs within the classroom. All team members, regardless of ability, will be afforded opportunities to develop their work ethic, sense of commitment and social and athletic skills.
New Trier Athletic Mission Statement
The New Trier High School Athletic Department began work in the fall of 2007 to identify the desired outcomes of student participation in the New Trier program of interscholastic athletics. Construction of an "Athletic Mission Statement that would clarify the outcomes was undertaken by an eight-member Athletic Department Mission Statement Committee formed in October 2007. The Committee concluded its work in May 2008 and the New Trier Athletic Mission Statement was approved in August of 2008. The Athletic Department and School wish to thank the Committee, New Trier Booster Club Executive Committee, SALT (Student Athletic Leadership Training Class), and members of the New Trier Coaching staff for their support of this process. a complete history of the Mission Statement process can be found at http://www.newtrier.k12.il.us/.
New Trier Athletic programs will provide an experience that fosters an emotional, physical and intellectual foundation for growth and well-being. The New Trier institutional motto, "to commit minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion, and lives to the service of humanity..." is a reminder that these programs provide a direct connection to the quality of our students' educational experiences now and in the future.
Student-Athletes will demonstrate compassion, responsibility and dedication to their team and teammates as they act with integrity, honor, and an understanding of their role in the school and community. Spirit, loyalty, confidence, self-esteem and enjoyment of the sport are visible components of a positive experience.
The New Trier Athletic Department is committed to providing opportunities that enhance the experiences of student-athletes in their specific sports. The department believes that participation in sport produces lessons that will be used in life as well as in competition: interscholastic and intramural sports promote an awareness of the positive impact of hard work, the value of developing measurable skills, the importance of attending to detail, and the ability to persevere through adversity.
Utilizing a strong work ethic and discipline judgment, the athlete values team accomplishments above personal achievement. Through consistent analysis and reflection, athletes come to a better understanding of their sport, teammates, and the spirit of competition.