The Department of Physical Education and Athletics at Pomona College subscribes to the belief that participation in physical education, intercollegiate athletics, and campus-sponsored recreational activities can provide some of the most challenging and meaningful educational experiences in a student's life. The department believes that when properly presented, such activities encourage the development of positive values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership, confidence, courage, and dedication and provide opportunities for positive social growth and development with an efficiency that is difficult, if not impossible, to duplicate in other educational settings. Furthermore, such experiences provide students with specific knowledge in the areas of physical fitness, body awareness, skill acquisition, and nutrition. Participation in these activities also sets the stage for adoption of a healthy lifestyle at a young age and provides a foundation for optimal health in life after college. Consequently, a student's participation in physical education, intercollegiate athletics, and campus-sponsored recreation is considered to be a significant and integral part of the educational process at Pomona College.