Athletics Mission Statement

Athletics are integral ingredients in the holistic educational mission of Franklin College. Coaches should be educators first and foremost who administer their programs within the framework of the college’s educational goals. Athletes at Franklin College should be students first and foremost whose highest priority is to earn a college degree and whose conduct on and off the playing field are as important as athletic ability and performance.

It is the educational goal of Franklin College for its athletic program–i.e., varsity sports, intramurals, physical education, recreational clubs and informal recreation–that every graduate leave the campus with:

  • A conceptual understanding of what it means to be physically well
  • The substantive knowledge necessary for healthy living
  • The habits and skills which will provide for a lifetime of beneficial and enjoyable recreation
  • Those character traits and leadership skills which are the benefits of competitive sports and Memories of testing oneself in competition which will serve as sources of pride and satisfaction all the graduate’s life.

Further, it is the goal of Franklin College that its competitive sports program (in descending order of priority) should:

  • Contribute to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the participants
  • Serve as laboratories of leadership wherein valuable lessons are learned concerning discipline, sacrifice, duty, teamwork, self- confidence, goal setting, striving and the pleasure/pain which accompany both victory and defeat
  • Improve and sustain the college’s reputation and morale
  • Aid in the recruiting of students and the raising of financial contributions
  • Contribute to satisfying the public’s desire for spectator sports.

Franklin College is committed to providing equitable opportunities and resources for male and female students to participate in intercollegiate, intramural, and recreational sports.