The Purpose of the Sports Program

The Purpose of the Sports Program is to assist in the formation of the total development of each person. This purpose is aligned to a characteristic of Jesuit education which states: "Education of the whole person implies physical development in harmony with other aspects of the educational process. Jesuit education, therefore, includes a well-developed program of sports and physical education. In addition to strengthening the body, sports programs help young men and women learn to accept both success and failure graciously; they become aware of the need to cooperate with others, using the best qualities of each individual to contribute to the greater advantage of the whole group."

The General Sports Program

The High School Sports Program in general are composed of the Intramurals Program, which is open to all high school students and the Varsity Program, which is composed of student-athletes who earned the eligibility and the honor to represent Ateneo de Davao High School in an athletic event.

The Sports Program in general envisions the realization of a holistic and well-balanced developent of students of the Ateneo de Davao High School by facilitating and promoting sports and athletic formation, development and appreciation.

The Sports Program's mission for all students is to provide a safe sports enviroment that serves as an extension of the school's academic, social and spiritual formation. All students will be provided an opportunity to cultivate a sense of good sportsmanship, fair play and team spirit, as well as facilitate and enchance the moral and ethical development of all those involved.

The Varsity Program

An Ateneo de Davao High School student's eligibility to join the varsity program is a privilege. It is not the student-athlete who grants favour to Ateneo de Davao High School by his/her participation in the varsity program. Rather, it is the school that confers honour to the student by granting him/her the opportunity to represent Ateneo de Davao High School in an athletic event.

A varsity player's eligibility to join and stay in the varsity program is guided and determined by rules and regulations established by the school as for eligibility, discipline and academic status.

Desired Values Promoted in the Sports Program

The desired values promoted in both the intramural and varsity programs include the following:

  1. 1. The value of responsibility by demanding consistent high standards of behaviour and making the student aware and respectful of the needs of others.
  2. 2. The value of cooperation and commitment level in the student by directing him/her to an acceptance of the goals of the team and an appreciation of the needs of his/her teammates, coaches, opposing team and officials.
  3. 3. The value of unselfishness in the student by requiring that his/her actions on and off the playing court/field be consistent with the goals of the team as a whole and not be directed towards individual honours.
  4. 4. The value of self-sacrifice as shown in the willingness to offer his/her time and energy towards the fulfillment of shared goals of the team.
  5. 5. The value of personal discipline on the part of the student by demanding abstention from activities that limit him/her athletic, academic and personal potential.