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UMass Athletic Department Mission Statement

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, an integral part of the University of Massachusetts' educational mission, is a comprehensive and nationally-recognized Division I athletics and campus recreation program which positively reflects the interests and values of the institution's students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who support its many endeavors.

Central to its mission, the Department will provide the leadership, resources and support to ensure all student-athletes receive the finest academic and athletic experience possible. The Department fosters an environment that encourages degree completion, good citizenship, character and personal growth, while developing student-athletes who are positive role models and productive members of society.

The Department maintains a strong commitment to the principles of fiscal responsibility, gender equity, diversity and sporting conduct among its coaches, administrative staff and student-athletes. Staff members and student-athletes will adhere to the highest ethical standards and comply with all NCAA, conference, federal, state and institutional rules and regulations. In all of its activities, the Department will provide equitable opportunities for women and minorities.

The athletics program is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life not only on campus, but throughout the Commonwealth. By achieving athletic success at the highest levels of intercollegiate competition, the Department will serve as a positive public relations vehicle for the entire University, while also creating a sense of pride and loyalty in the institution among its students, alumni and friends, serving as a rallying point for the UMass community, and increasing private support to both the University as a whole and the Department.