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University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation

Philosophy and Vision Statements

University Philosophy
The University of Chicago is an intellectual destination committed to a transformative education encouraging debate and discourse in the pursuit of original ideas.

Athletics Vision
The University of Chicago Department of Athletics and Recreation aims to enrich the life of the whole person. We are invested in competitive excellence as we challenge our student-athletes to develop into their best selves as athletes, teammates, students and ultimately, citizens of the world. As athletes they embody physical strength and learn the value of movement to incorporate healthy activity and habits into their lives.

Through sport we are committed to teaching how to work collaboratively to reach performance goals, how to embrace diversity of thought and culture, how to persevere through failure with resiliency, how to compete with integrity.

Athletics & Recreation strives to engage our community through fitness and recreation to encourage holistic and healthy living, to build confidence, and to confront challenges physically and mentally.

Athletics Philosophy
The University of Chicago Athletics, Recreation and Fitness program complements the institution’s core educational mission, helping to enrich the lives of our students while contributing to a vibrant and diverse campus community that inspires excellence. Our work contributes to the holistic educational environment and strengthens community at the University. Academic and athletic excellences are compatible in a well-balanced environment that encourages student-athletes to thrive and achieve their full potential as whole people.

Athletics Mission
Enhance the educational experience of students through sport and provide fitness and recreational opportunities to all members of the UChicago community to promote and support healthy living.

Excellence – Education – Integrity – ALL IN!