Whittier College Athletics' Mission Statement

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The mission of Whittier College is fulfilled through the ideals of excellence, diversity, service, and community. The intercollegiate athletics program promotes optimal physical, emotional, and personal development in its student-athletes, supplements the classroom experience, and provides balance to academic life.

Participation in the maximum number and variety of athletics opportunities, with the best possible facilities, coaching personnel, and competitive opportunities, supports the mission of the College and is key to fulfilling its ideals.

The intercollegiate athletic program is integral to the institution and enhances the overall quality of the educational experience. Participation in the College's sports programs contributes to the academic success of its student-athletes, improves the quality of campus life by providing a shared entertainment and social activity for the campus community, and is a source of institutional pride.

The Whittier College intercollegiate athletic program competes at the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and abides by the principles of fair play and amateur athletics established by that organization.

The program recruits quality student-athletes regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity, and prizes diversity in the composition of its teams. Equal emphasis is given to women's and men's sports and the desired quality of competition for all sports is to be matched with and to be competitive with the best Division III programs in the country.

Athletic excellence includes a focus on the student-athletes' academics and graduation. The intercollegiate athletic program aligns its objectives with the academic and developmental objectives of the College, integrates athletes with other students, and fosters a sense of community on the campus.

  Athletics Quick Facts
  Location   Whittier, Calif.
  Founded   1887
  Enrollment   1700 +
  President   Dr. Sharon Herzberger
  Athletic Director   Robert Coleman
  Affiliation   NCAA Division III
  Conference   Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    Western Water Polo Association 
  Colors   Purple & Gold
  Nickname   Poets
  Conference Championships   78
          Men's Basketball   30
          Football   26
          Baseball   14
          Men's Water Polo
          Softball   3
          Women's Water Polo
          Women's Basketball
          Women's Soccer
  Athletic Address   Graham Athletic Center
    13847 Earlham Drive
    Whittier, CA 90608
  Athletics Phone   (562) 907-4271