The guiding principle behind athletics at The Frederick Gunn School is our belief in its educational value for our students. Our primary commitment is to provide an opportunity for student-athletes to fully develop their academic and athletic potential while simultaneously preparing them with life-long lessons for success. These opportunities include the drive to take one’s talents to the highest level of performance; embracing the discipline needed to reach high standards; learning to work with others as a team in pursuit of a common goal; and adherence to codes of fairness and respect.
FGS is committed to excellence in athletics as part of a larger commitment to excellence in education. Athletes are also expected to adhere to a level of conduct that brings credit to themselves and the school and uphold the values stated in our school’s mission; character, citizenship, and service. Through practice, training and competition, the department strives to instill the character traits of engagement, collaboration, fitness, and competition in each student-athlete:
- ENGAGEMENT is defined as regular co-curricular interactions with FGS peers and faculty that build community and lifelong relationships.
- COLLABORATION is defined as the experience of working together with FGS peers and faculty towards a common goal and learning selflessness by being a part of something bigger than oneself.
- FITNESS is defined as engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise, learning how to be/stay fit, learning the value of physical fitness, and learning the lifelong ideals of healthy living.
- COMPETITION is defined as striving, individually or collectively, against others toward a goal and risking the adversity and potential failure that accompanies that endeavor.