The mission of the Gateway Athletics department is to:
- Support the overall mission of Gateway High School
- Help students to develop leadership skills and self-discipline
- Instill and proper attitudes toward winning and losing, success and failure
- Inspire respect for fellow athletes, students, parents and coaches
- Teach an understanding of the value of teamwork
- Develop an appreciation for the relationship between investment and reward
- Improve skill sets specific to sport
- And to excel on the field of play
Gateway’s Athletics program is a natural extension of the school's charter and curriculum and provides educational physical activities to encourage and promote the development of our students. We believe that teaching and playing sports the right way, in accordance to our principles and in a safe and positive environment can make a valuable contribution to a balanced education and to preparing young people to become productive, contributing citizens of their communities and of our society. It is our intention to provide Gateway’s student-athletes with the opportunity to experience meaningful growth and accomplishment outside of the classroom, to further develop a strong work ethic, to learn sound habits of mind and body and to continue to develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.
For far too long the world of sports has been a bastion for exclusion, homophobia, for unhealthy competition, for insecurity, for the transmission of the pain from wounds that we carry and for the bullying that follows. It's past time for all of that to stop, for all to heal, to accept and love ALL others for who they are and to understand that we are strongest together, when all members of our team/community/society are not just completely safe but are in fact celebrated for expressing 'self' in true openness and in fierce and joyful authenticity.
In fitting with the values of Gateway Public Schools, Gateway High School’s Athletics department will hold a space and promote culture of acceptance and inclusion for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, privilege, gender identity or sexual orientation. Hateful or exclusionary speech or action(s) by or towards teammates, opponents, coaches, parents, fans or any other members of our community is completely unwelcome and will not be tolerated.