Letter from the Athletic Director
The Geffen Academy at UCLA’s Athletic Program will be a dynamic integral part of the whole educational experience. At all times, the athletic program will be conducted in a way that is complementary and supportive of the academic program. In addition, it will provide meaningful learning opportunities not otherwise offered in the school classroom curriculum. It will assist in developing habits, attitudes, and ideals necessary for the ethical competition and cooperation in our society. The balance between cooperation and competition are fostered by a well-conducted athletic program under competent leadership. Furthermore, the athletic program will provide our students with life-long lessons for personal growth such as sportsmanship, teamwork, ethical behavior, perseverance, commitment, loyalty, self-discipline, pride, responsibility, and leadership skills. Interscholastic athletics should be enjoyable with the purpose of benefiting students rather than the institution. Winning to the detriment of an athlete will not be a part of anyone’s philosophy. A wide variety of wholesome activities will be available and tailored to the physical, mental, and emotional maturity level of the participants. The best possible staff and facilities available should be a concern to those in charge of programs servicing our youth. Students should be encouraged to explore a particular sport of his/her interest regardless of ability level. Sportsmanship will be the top priority of interscholastic athletics. Commitment to fair play, integrity, and a genuine empathy for others must be taught and practiced if we are to make a difference. Athletics should assist in the development of fellowship and goodwill, and encourage the qualities of good citizenship. It plays an important role in developing a healthy self-image as well as a healthy body. Athletics also contribute to school/community spirit and pride.
Interscholastic athletics is a voluntary program. Thus, participation is a privilege and not a right. Along with that privilege comes the responsibility to conform to standards established for the high school athletic teams. This privilege may be revoked when the athlete fails or refuses to comply with the rules. In order to provide the greatest benefit to participants, the Geffen Academy at UCLA will provide adult role models who exemplify the kind of behavior and leadership to be developed from the program. The ultimate goal of interscholastic athletics should be to foster the value of participation without overemphasizing the importance of winning and to improve positive citizenship traits among the program participants. The program will constantly strive to develop well-rounded individuals capable of taking their place in society.
David J. Collicutt