Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.
Pepperdine Athletics Philosophy
At Pepperdine, student-athletes will be provided with opportunities to achieve goals as stated by the University founder, Mr. George Pepperdine. His original statement of purpose is still the guiding principle of the University: "Therefore, as my contribution to the well-being and happiness of this generation and those that follow, I am endowing this institution to help young men and women prepare themselves for a life of usefulness in this competitive world and to help them build a foundation of Christian character and faith which will survive the storms of life."
Intercollegiate athletes representing Pepperdine will be bona fide students pursuing degree programs of their choice who enjoy the opportunity to develop athletic abilities consistent with the high standards of academic scholarship, sportsmanship, leadership and institutional tradition.
Athletics is an integral part of the total University spectrum involving students, faculty, staff and patrons and it:
- should develop character, maturity and a sense of fair play as well as athletics excellence.
- should promote pride in the University among students, faculty, staff and patrons.
- should generate revenue to support, in part, all intercollegiate teams representing the University.
- should abide by the letter and spirit of the law requiring nondiscrimination on the basis of sex, race, creed or national origin.
- must abide by all rules and regulations as set forth by the institution, governing conferences and the NCAA.
Pepperdine Athletics Objectives
Among the objectives of the Pepperdine University Athletics program are the following:
- to develop an awareness and understanding of the human person, including intellectual, physical, social and spiritual dimensions.
- to encourage scholarship, leadership, sportsmanship, fair play and an appreciation of opponents and amateur athletics.
- to develop teamwork, respect for authority and an appreciation of rules and regulations governing the game.
- to develop an attitude of responsibility to society.
- to develop an appreciation for the beauty of physical performance and aesthetic values.
- to prepare students for meaningful and satisfying careers.
- to help students gain understanding and respect for individuals from other backgrounds and cultures.
- to encourage students to become involved in neighborhood and community service activities.
- to field disciplined and competitive teams seeking superior athletic performance within established rules and ethical conduct.
- to schedule appropriate competition for the athletes and teams.
- to have the University's Athletics Department recognized as an ethical leader and an example of excellence in management, performance and conduct.
- to provide superior facilities for competition, training and teaching.
- to seek continual improvement in the system of intercollegiate athletics by reducing pressures on coaches which might lead to improprieties.
- to create a positive, enjoyable and fun home event experience for Pepperdine students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans.