An Education Through Athletics
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The athletics program at Doane Academy provides students the opportunity to experience growth and learning that is uniquely associated with representing their school while playing on an athletic team. Student-athletes learn about teamwork, competition, resilience, sportsmanship, self-discipline and time-management. Our most talented athletes are able to hone their skills under the tutelage of experienced coaches who schedule challenging competition.
We measure the success of our athletic program in many ways. First, we can point to numerous conference championships and success in state tournaments. Winning contributes to the deep sense of school pride exhibited by students – either athletes or those supporting their friends and classmates from the sidelines -- at Doane. Moreover, success in athletics is found in the lessons learned by our student-athletes from participation in the program, regardless of the won-loss record of a particular team. All students who play on a team at Doane grow as leaders and teammates, gaining an education that they apply in life outside the lines of the field or court.
We believe deeply that participation in athletics is an essential element of one’s education. As a result, we require each of our students in grades 9 through 12 to play on a team for at least one season a year. The boys and girls in grades 6–8 compete against other middle school teams in soccer, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, baseball, and softball. Students in grades 9–12 compete at the varsity level in the Penn-Jersey Athletic Association in cross country, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball. The crew team (coed) competes in regional regattas both in the fall and spring.
Our athletic facilities include two soccer fields, a softball field, the recently completed Winzinger Baseball Field, a full-sized gymnasium, and a fitness center. We also use the Delaware River as our “home field” for crew. Our four-time conference champion cross-country teams practice on and around our campus; home meets take place in nearby Mill Creek Park.