Sports in perspective
October 17, 2011
At Lewis & Clark, students can choose from a range of athletic opportunities—from varsity sports to club teams, intramurals, and College Outdoors activities—all of which share the goal of developing mind, body, and spirit.
Balancing academic and athletic experiences, Lewis & Clark fosters an environment of excellence and competitiveness in its classrooms and on the fields and courts.
In the responses below, student-athletes share how participating in Pioneer Athletics has enhanced their education.
Daniel Shaver ’13
Hometown: Sewanee, Tennessee
Major: biochemistry and molecular biology
College athletics are an enormous time commitment, even in Division III. But despite adding more responsibilities to students’ already overwhelming academic and extracurricular loads, running keeps almost everyone I’ve met sane and happy. In addition, I believe that the balance that it gives to an otherwise academically oriented college experience leaves student-athletes more prepared to take on a variety of challenges.
Neva Hauser ’12
Hometown: Palo Alto, California
Pioneer Athletics has taught me so much about what it means to be a true teammate and leader. Not only that, but it reiterated that the more work one puts into something, the more one can get out of it. Basketball has been the hardest thing I’ve had to do in college, but it is also by far the most rewarding.
Brandis Piper ’12
Hometown: Hillsboro, Oregon
It has helped me to be a more well-rounded person because I am able to see more perspectives and sides to a story. As an athlete, I have a better understanding of how to juggle multiple items simultaneously and prioritize what I’m doing. These skills have allowed me to connect more with members of the student body and become more involved in different areas on campus. I have also learned more about myself because of my commitment to athletics, which has helped me discover different fields and passions within Lewis & Clark.
Dexter Pearce ’13
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Major: political science
It has enhanced my sense of discipline, especially in terms of time management and handling my studies. More importantly, it has provided me with resources to get through any situation at Lewis & Clark. I have a great team around me, including coaches and faculty, who are always willing to help me succeed.
Megan Andre ’13
Hometown: Kelseyville, California
I have managed my time much better because of the commitment of athletics.
Geoff Wertz ’13
Hometown: Flagstaff, Arizona
Athletics has led me to many friends who I study with, and it also gives me an escape from the daily grind of school. It’s hard to learn when you’re not happy, and baseball has kept me well-rounded.