Lewis & Clark Athletics Mission & Core Values

Letter from Lewis & Clark College Interim President David Ellis - NCAA Division III Week - Apr. 3-7, 2017

Mission Statement:

The Lewis & Clark Department of Physical Education and Athletics supports and complements the college’s commitment to student exploration and discovery through a liberal arts education. The department is dedicated to developing and educating students through high-quality experiential learning opportunities in Physical Education, wellness and varsity athletics.


Core Departmental Values:

Integrity.  A commitment to always act in the best interest of our students, the department and institution. The department will demonstrate the values of honesty, support and professionalism.

Education.  Develop success through developing people. Coaches are educators committed to developing their student-athletes by teaching life-long positive habits, leadership skills, accountability and teamwork all through the experiences of competitive sport.

Inclusion.  Intentionally fostering a department that is welcoming of all individuals and educating on the importance of diversity in achieving success on and off the playing field.  

Integration.  Encourage the pursuit of excellence and full participation in all aspects of the Lewis & Clark experience.

Competition. Provide a competitive varsity athletic experience for student-athletes whose aspirations to excel in the classroom are closely matched to their goals in athletics.

Equality.  To allow each student-athlete to reach his/her potential, the department will provide all student-athletes with equitable access to high-quality facilities, coaching, and appropriate opportunities to compete. 

Community. Through a fully-integrated, high-quality athletics program, the department will inspire a sense of family and pride throughout the campus community. 



RESOLUTION NO 5 (2009-2010)
Athletic Vision

Whereas the mission of Lewis & Clark College is, in part: "to know the traditions of the liberal arts, to test their boundaries through ongoing exploration, and to hand on to successive generations the tools and discoveries of this quest"; and

Whereas Lewis & Clark College believes in providing strong liberal arts academic experiences that challenge the minds and the bodies of its students; and

Whereas Lewis & Clark College believes that the competitive experience found in varsity sport provides an opportunity for personal social growth, and for the development of positive attributes including sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership, commitment, sacrifice, and the willingness and capability to meet life's challenges, that are all critical elements of a liberal arts education; and
Whereas Lewis & Clark College made a commitment to the ideals expressed in the tenets of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III when, more than a decade ago, the college leadership influenced all of the Northwest Conference members to drop their National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) affiliation and become members of the NCAA Division III; and

Whereas the intercollegiate athletic program at Lewis & Clark College was not included in the most recent strategic planning process and documents developed by the College; and
Whereas the Board of Trustees of Lewis & Clark College desires to send a clear message that strategic planning for intercollegiate athletics needs to be incorporated into a broader strategic plan for the College;

Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Board of Trustees of Lewis & Clark College supports the following vision for intercollegiate athletics at Lewis & Clark College:


We envision Lewis & Clark College providing a diverse and high caliber intercollegiate athletic program where our student-athletes' involvement in varsity sport provides the same quality educational experience they receive in the classroom and/or lab;

Where the student-athletes are given the opportunity to experience the challenges of physical competition against comparable opponents in quality facilities, and to be taught by exceptional coaches/educators, with an emphasis on the participants rather than an external community;
Where the student-athletes are treated the same as other members of the student body, integrated into the culture of the college with an emphasis on successful completion of their academic programs;

Where the athletic program seeks to establish gender equity and cultural diversity among the student-athletes and athletic staff; and

Where intercollegiate athletics at Lewis & Clark College will be a source of pride to the participants, the student body and faculty, the alumni, and the outside community, thereby helping to build a sense of community in and around the institution that will have a positive impact on the sustainability of Lewis & Clark College.


Division of Student-Life Mission & Vision

Lewis & Clark fosters a community of globally engaged citizen-leaders who share a desire to create positive change. We collaborate in academic and experiential learning, civic leadership and career development, diversity and inclusion, and wellness. We are an enduring community of scholars who inquire and work in an interdependent world, and create a place of belonging in which all students can take pride and realize their full potential. 


NCAA Division III Positioning Statement

The new Division III positioning statement begins with a phrase intended to simply describe the student-athlete experience: "Follow your passions and discover your potential."

The statement continues:

"The college experience is a time of learning and growth – a chance to follow passions and develop potential. For student-athletes in Division III, all of this happens most importantly in the classroom and through earning an academic degree. The Division III experience provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletic environment, where student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges and life skills. And student-athletes are encouraged to pursue the full spectrum of opportunities available during their time in college. In this way, Division III provides an integrated environment for student-athletes to take responsibility for their own paths, follow their passions and find their potential through a comprehensive learning experience."

Platform launch highlights DIII forum (pdf)