The Albany Academies -- Albany Academy for Girls & The Albany Academy -- are justly renowned for their athletic teams, including the number of sports teams that students can select from, the teams' success, and their fierce competitiveness on the field, court, or mat. But winning isn’t everything here, or the only thing.
One of our mottos is, "Everyone plays," which means that throughout the Lower School every student is involved in Physical Education, and as competitive teams begin to form in the Middle & Upper Schools, students are still required to be on at least two teams and continue physical training. Why?
In Physical Education and Athletics:
- Students learn to be team players, to be part of a higher cause. This is invaluable preparation for life in and out of the workplace for the rest of their lives.
- Athletes learn to take responsibility for their own actions on and off the field.
- Athletes learn how to perform under pressure and in a public arena.
- Athletes learn to be humble when they win and learn to hold their heads high when they lose.
- Physical Education and Athletics teach students they can go far beyond what they thought they could do. This is transferable to the classroom, because they have learned to persevere through challenge and difficulty.
Many of our coaches are also classroom teachers. This important tradition helps ground athletics in the overall development of the student.
- We do not believe in "specialization" or a focus on one-sport athletes. Along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, we believe that specialization "can jeopardize the physical and emotional health of young athletes by exposing them to overuse injury, burnout, and stress, while undermining the benefits of varied physical activity."
- We do believe, with researchers in kinesiology and neuroscience, that physical exercise has a positive influence on cognition. Exercise can make you smarter.