Santa Clara University Student-Athlete Statement Of Values
This statement was developed by the SCU Athletics Department
in conjunction with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics as
a project of 2006-07 Hackworth Fellow Sara Overmier, SCU '07
and a pitcher/outfielder on the SCU softball team.
Santa Clara Universitys student-athletes will strive
to achieve in the classroom, excel in athletic competition and
serve in the community. We will realize this vision by embracing
an educational environment and overall undergraduate experience
that, consistent with Jesuit tradition, emphasize the development
of the whole person. Our fulfillment of this vision will be
made evident by a constant effort to elevate GPAs and graduation
rates while adhering to principles of academic integrity; by
achieving success in athletic competition; and by the recognition
of Santa Claras student-athletes as men and women of competence,
conscience and compassion.
As Santa Clara student-athletes, we seek to excel as students,
athletes and members of a larger society. We believe that participation
in intercollegiate athletics, which is important for its own
sake, also helps us become better students, leaders and persons
of character who will contribute to our global society.
As students, we are aware of the numerous responsibilities
we face inside and outside of the classroom. With our education
as our top priority, we will exhibit forethought in our preparation
and time management skills in our execution. Our participation
in intercollegiate athletics helps forge these traits.
As athletes, we will always strive to be victorious, but we
will never compromise our integrity in the course of our pursuits.
Our successes will come with honor and our failures will come
with dignity and a commitment to improve. We are confident that
our commitment to integrity is compatible with success in athletic
We strive to create and maintain a community and a culture
that exhibits our commitment to one another, to our respective
teams, to Santa Claras Athletic Department and to Santa
Clara University. As a family, we strive to challenge one another
to develop more fully our academic and athletic abilities while
strengthening our commitment to community involvement and social
We will embrace and further the Universitys Mission through
our participation in intercollegiate athletics and via our representation
of Santa Clara University as student-athletes. We aim to apply
the 3 Cs to our experience as student-athletes:
Competence: Perform to the best of our abilities in
the classroom. Become students of the game in practice and competition.
Employ the work ethic that is required to develop the skills
and knowledge needed to excel in any endeavor.
Conscience: Hold ourselves and our teammates to the highest
standards of sportsmanship and accountability. Respect ourselves,
teammates, coaches, opponents, game officials and the game itself.
Compassion: Support our teammates on and off the field.
Embrace the differences within our teams as a key strength of
our community. Honor the efforts of our opponents. Share our
talents and athletic passion with others.
As members of a global society, we will make the most of our
time at Santa Clara University in order to apply what we learn
in school and athletic competition to make a better world.
Fundamental Values of SCU Student-Athletes
BRONCO PRIDE: In the classroom,
in athletic competition and in the community, as Santa Claras
student-athletes, we will serve as ambassadors of our teams,
our school and the traditions that reflect the values of Santa
RESPONSIBILITY: Make decisions
and take ownership for our actions on and off the field, being
aware of their impact on ourselves and others.
OUTSTANDING SPORTSMANSHIP: Victories
and accomplishments will be attained with a strict adherence
to the principles of sportsmanship, integrity and respect for
NEVER QUIT: Perseverance, resilience
under pressure, and adaptability in the face of adversity are
characteristics of being a Bronco.
COMPETITIVE: Dedicated to planning
to achieve individual and team goals and then trusting that
this preparation, along with our instincts, will lead to success
in athletic competition.
OPPORTUNITY: Being a student-athlete
at Santa Clara University is an honor that we do not take lightly.
We will treasure our time as Broncos, and try to give back as
much as we receive from our involvement.
SELFLESSNESS: Serving teammates,
classmates and society in the Jesuit tradition of being men
and women for others.