Athletics are a key component of the student experience at Sidwell Friends.

With a variety of Middle School, junior varsity, and varsity teams to choose from, all students have an opportunity to participate. Competitive athletics begin in 7th grade, with an emphasis on the team experience, skill development, fair play, and healthy competition. At the varsity level, students compete in 16 sports on 22 teams in the Independent School League (ISL) for girls and the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC) for boys.

The Sidwell Friends athletics program has produced 16 DC Gatorade Athletes of the Year, 59 ISL Championship banners, and 50 MAC Championship banners. Ten alumni athletes have gone on to win 18 Division I National Championships in seven different sports. In 2015/16, eight athletes in five different sports were recognized with All-Met honors, including the All-Met tennis player of the year. The Class of 2016 had 26 student athletes go on to play in college, 15 in Division I (9 at Ivy League schools) and 11 Division III.

The School’s athletics program has been recognized by the ISL and MAC leagues with the Lewis Cup (10 times) and the Directors’ Cup (11 times) for All-Around Athletic Excellence.


Varsity Teams


DC Gatorade Athletes of the Year


Directors’ Cups for All-Around Athletic Excellence


Lewis Cups for All-Around Athletic Excellence


Today's Games

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Soccer - Girls’ Varsity
DCSAA Final, St. John's College High School
Loss 2-3 OT

Physical Education

Being at Sidwell has helped me become more active because I got to try out many sports, and when I finally got to choose one I really enjoyed it. … It’s not just exercising and getting fit—it’s learning to be on a team, which is really important even with group work in the classroom. Being on a sports team helps me use those skills and apply it to the classroom. – 8th Grade Student

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