The Pio Family
March 24, 2016
What’s it like to be a student-athlete at Lewis & Clark?
For one thing, it’s really fun. Student-athletes spend a lot of time in the company of their teammates and coaches, building such close ties they often refer to themselves as the “Pio Family.” This video made by track and field athlete Bryce Johnson ’19 shows the team preparing for a recent meet, from the sleepy bus ride to a day of competition, camaraderie, and joking around.
“Enjoy every moment,” says football player Joe Iliscupidez ’16. “It goes by fast, so cherish every moment lifting and running, the late nights doing homework and studying for a test, the team meetings and the film study. You don’t get that back again once it is gone. Enjoy the process. Enjoy the grind. Buy into what it means to be a part of the ‘Pio Family.’”
The environment on our campus encourages student-athletes to achieve their full potential both in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes, freedom to pursue more than one sport, and support for extracurricular and cocurricular activities are our hallmarks. Our Division III membership allows our students to passionately participate in a competitive athletic environment that complements our rigorous academic program. Student-athletes experience the best of both as they bring skills and success developed through sport to their pursuit of academic excellence.