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

We recognize that many of the traits and skills necessary for athletic success—commitment, teamwork, resilience, communication, perseverance—also are fundamental for success in life and further acknowledge that students often develop important aspects of their leadership abilities on the playing field.

At Sidwell Friends, competitive athletics begin in 7th grade, with an emphasis on the team experience, skill development, fair play, and healthy competition. At the varsity level, Sidwell Friends teams have a tradition of tremendous success in the Independent School League (ISL) for girls and the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC) for boys.


'An Easy Team to Root For'

With an undefeated start and an award-winning coach, the Sidwell Friends girls' basketball team shows a commitment to teamwork, sacrifice, and character.

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Varsity Teams

Director's Cups for all-around athletic excellence

Lewis Cups for all-around athletic excellence

DC Gatorade Athletes of the year

ISL Championship Banners

MAC Championship Banners


Sidwell Social

    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