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.
Director's Cups for all-around athletic excellence
Lewis Cups for all-around athletic excellence
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