Athletics are an integral part of the total educational program at University High School, and more than 80 percent of students participate in at least one sport during their time at UHS. Our athletics program strives to provide student-athletes with competitive experiences that are fun and challenging, that promote individual growth within a safe and healthy environment, and that instill a life-long love of physical activity.
Some skills can't be taught in a classroom. On UHS sports teams, athletes learn much more than the routes, rules, and cheers they need to utilize at game time. Teamwork, integrity, service, tenacity, work ethic, confidence, and sportsmanship are lessons all our sports teams emphasize, and they are lessons all athletes, from the first-time player to the skilled and seasoned competitor, can benefit from. That's why we believe in offering an inclusive (no-cut) athletics program for students. Though many teams have tryouts to place athletes on varsity, junior varsity, and C-level teams, all students who wish to participate and can commit to the team are guaranteed a spot.
Coach Laff trusted me, cared about me, and put his trust into my hands whenever I was in his presence. It not only made me feel very comfortable, but it made a team of 12 players feel comfortable in their own shoes. It allowed us to not hold back whatsoever and explode into a unique team playing a different type of game that has ever been seen at University High School. - Sam ('14), BasketballHaving inclusive sports doesn't mean we're not competitive. Last year we won three sectional championships. It also doesn't mean we aren't committed. Many teams practice five, six days a week like any other sports program you'll find. What it means is that we are a community. So if you're willing to be here and participate, I'm going to give you that opportunity. I'm going to train you and give you a full athletic experience, which I think is something lacking in a lot of the sports programs that make decisions on talent alone. - Stacey, Coach