One hundred and twenty years ago, WRA students competed in (and won!) their first interscholastic baseball game. By participating in a demanding athletics program, they learned how to win with humility and lose with dignity. In today's fast-paced collaborative culture, the value of participating in a team sport is perhaps even greater. WRA graduates fare better with the challenge of balancing intellectual stimulation with active, physically fit lifestyles.
The WRA sports requirement develops discipline, dedication and resilience in our students. Freshmen and sophomores participate in an athletic activity for each of three seasons, while juniors and seniors participate in at least two. Thanks to the wealth of our facilities and resources, WRA supports 47 separate interscholastic teams in 23 sports. As such, WRA students - from beginners to serious competitive athletes - receive differentiated support commensurate with their experience and skill. Additional offerings in yoga, tai chi and weightlifting add further depth and breadth to the program.
Expert coaching is a complex and demanding form of teaching. Most of our coaches also teach in the classroom, so they are adept in the art of motivating teenagers, encouraging positive risk-taking and cultivating healthy group dynamics. And several of our faculty-coaches are themselves high-level athletes. For example: Herb Haller '85, who has been head coach of boys soccer for 11 years, captained Indiana University's Hoosiers to the 1988 National Championship.