Athletic Philosophy

Philosophy and Objectives of Interscholastic Athletes

Interscholastic athletics at McGann-Mercy HS is a component of the physical and health education program and therefore an integral part of the school's entire educational mode.  Athletics should be a broadening experience in which each student athlete will have the opportunity to develop natural talents, gain satisfaction through hard work, to fulfill goals, and to make decisions responsibly. This value building experience is being offered to all our students. 

Participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege, not a right.  Desire, dedication and self-discipline need to be developed in order to ensure the commitment and personal sacrifice required by athletes. Making such a commitment helps to nurture a sense of self-worth, pride, loyalty, and a sense of responsibility to the entire group. The final outcome is a better individual carrying these values with him or her throughout life. 

The quest for victory is the nature of athletic competition. However, the number of victories is only one criterion when determining a team's success.  Helping those student/athletes to prepare their spirits, minds, and bodies in order to reach maximum potential, develop the qualities of leadership, fellowship, and sportsmanship, and then to be modest in victory and steadfast in defeat.

The objectives of the Athletic Program are in accord with the objectives of physical education, but are achieved more readily and to a greater degree. These objectives might be outlined as:

1. To attain a greater measure of physical fitness through development of higher levels of strength and endurance. 

2. To provide an opportunity for the improvement of sports habits and skills through competition with opponents of comparable skill.

3. To increase the understanding of sports through solving game problems and attaining a greater knowledge of the rules. 

4. To improve sportsmanship by dealing fairly and honestly with team members, opponents, officials, and spectators.

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