I would like to introduce you to Woodberry athletics and the important role it plays in educating our students.
Our mission at Woodberry is to guide the growth of the whole boy, with a special focus on his moral, intellectual, and physical development. Athletics improves boys in all three areas. Working with our students on the athletic fields provides the opportunity for us to help shape, mold, and interact with them in meaningful ways. This adds an important dimension to our relationship with the students. Athletic competition can have a profound influence in boys’ development. There are few experiences that require students to put their abilities, mental and physical, on the line in the way that athletic competition does. Students must learn to set priorities in order to provide themselves the time to pursue their interests. Many activities encourage the ability to prioritize — athletics demands it.
Our coaches teach our students to persevere in the face of adversity and to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat, as these lessons contribute significantly to their development as young men. One of the most important things we stress to our coaches is to encourage our student athletes to try hard, have fun, and enjoy themselves — while keeping things in perspective. In doing so, we hope to encourage maximum effort and promote sportsmanship. We teach our students that victory or defeat in an athletic contest is not the “be all or end all;” rather, how they prepare, how they compete, and perhaps most importantly, how they react to victory or defeat is the true indication of their character. If students prepare with purpose, dedication, and commitment, and if they compete to the best of their abilities and are humble and gracious in victory and defeat — only then will they truly be winners, not only on the field of competition, but more importantly, in life.
“EFFORT IN SPORT IS A MATTER OF CHARACTER RATHER THAN REWARD. IT IS AN END IN ITSELF AND NOT A MEANS TO AN END.”