NILES WEST PHILOSOPHY OF ATHLETICS
Participation in interscholastic athletics provides students with opportunities to acquire important, lifelong skills for future success in life. In addition, the athletic program is designed to positively contribute to the Niles Township community. Through intentional teaching and positive reinforcement, we strive to teach our students the power of success through humility, and perseverance through challenges, obstacles, and defeat.
The primary objective of the athletic programs in the Niles Township High School District is to provide wholesome opportunities for students to compete and learn important life lessons, values, and favorable habits and attitudes in social settings. To realize this goal, District 219 athletic programs recognize the value of participation and commitment to developing a competitive interscholastic athletic program, and emphasize the importance of balancing victory with defeat in order to develop and improve positive character traits among all participants.
Every effort is made to support District 219 athletic programs with the best facilities, equipment, and most qualified staff available. Coaches, directors, and sponsors must be positive role models with knowledge of their activity, ethical behavior, strong leadership, and interest in the holistic development of all student athletes.
All student athletes are held to high expectations of academic achievement and success in the classroom. Coaches and teachers work as partners to provide opportunities for the success of every student. District 219 athletic programs seek to provide a positive image of athletics at Niles West and Niles North High Schools, strive for excellence that will produce winning teams within the bounds of good sportsmanship, and ensure growth and development that will increase the number of individual participants in interscholastic athletics.