John G. Diefenbaker High School is a member of the Calgary Senior High Athletic Association (CSHSAA) and of the Alberta Schools Athletics Association (ASAA). The JGD Athletic Department believes that athletics is an integral part of the school’s educational program since it provides experiences that will help young people to grow physically, mentally and emotionally. Emphasis is placed on educating students through athletics as well as teaching athletic skills.
Participation in athletics is not only beneficial in terms of better health, physical fitness, and improved motor skills, but also is important in other intangible areas as well. The desire to succeed and to excel should be instilled in students as well as helping to develop better self-discipline and emotional maturity. Respect for authority, respect for the rights of others and developing high ideals of fairness in people-to-people relationships are desirable learning outcomes to be achieved through athletics.
Winning, involving the spirit of competition, is an immediate objective of all athletic contests, but is not an end in itself. The desire to win can and should be used to stimulate the achievement of ultimate objectives (Sportsmanship and Fair Play).
Here at JGD, our main objective is to instill in our student athletes the concept that success is brought about by hard work, commitment, sacrifice, preparedness, and doing the best that one can in any situation. We sincerely hope that these traits are carried over to not only classroom work, but also in later endeavors.
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