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Welcome to Warrior Nation!

Exercise and activity are essential parts of Sanford’s well-rounded, liberal arts experience, as they have been since our founding. A strong athletic program involving all students enhances the quality of the education we provide and instills skills and abilities that can last a lifetime.

Interscholastic athletics for everyone (grades 7–12)

The Middle and Upper School Athletics programs ensure that all students in grades 7–12 participate in interscholastic, competitive athletics throughout the school year. Athletics thus take the place of physical education classes enjoyed up through sixth grade. Varied athletic opportunities emphasize participation, challenge and motivate students to do their best, and possibly further their interests in college.

Our Program

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  • College-prep for the serious athlete

    Sanford is proud to field consistently strong teams in a variety of sports. At the varsity level, winning takes on a greater focus, and not everyone plays in every game. No matter what, the ethos of teamwork, integrity, and support is Sanford Strong.
    Every year, a number of Sanford students commit to play the sports they love in college. We are proud to provide the preparative training and success they need to take that next step.
  • A Sport and a Team for Everyone

    In middle school through junior varsity, there are no cuts, and everyone plays at a level that their ability permits. At these levels, all eligible players should play in each game. We are proud of all our Warrior athletes for stretching themselves to the best of their abilities.

Athletics News

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  • Local Professional Discusses Student Athletic Performance

    On March 10th, Matthew Harris, PT, DPT, CSCSO, a physical therapist and supervisor at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, spoke to a small group of interested parents on the topic of "Maximizing Sports Performance for Young Athletes." The evening meeting, held in the Geipel Center's Rubin Family Auditorium, provided the audience with a brief presentation and the opportunity to ask questions.
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  • Jyare Davis '20 (center) has verbally committed to continue his basketball career at Providence College.

    Davis Commits to Providence

    In the fall, Sanford standout basketball player Jyare Davis '20 will be taking his talents to Rhode Island's Providence College. After being heavily recruited by schools such as DePaul, Rutgers, St. Joseph’s, Temple, and Villanova, to name just a few, Jyare recently gave Providence a verbal commitment because he felt he would continue to thrive there. Jyare will officially sign with the school in April.
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  • Artist rendering of the Struthers Family Sports Center, which is scheuled to be completed in November of 2020.

    Sanford Receives Largest Individual Gift in School History

    Struthers Family Donates $1 Million for New Sports Center
    Sanford School Trustee Emeritus Sharon Struthers, her husband Ric, and their children—Ryan, Brice, and Corrie—have given Sanford School $1 million to support the renovation of the school’s Sports Center. The donation represents the largest individual gift in the school’s 90-year history.
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Our Philosophy

Our coaching philosophy stresses
  • Fundamentals, tactics, and strategies of the game.
  • Sportsmanship, teamwork, and cooperation.
  • Learning how to win and lose graciously.


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  • Photo of Joan Samonisky

    Joan Samonisky 

    Director of Athletics
  • Photo of Stan Waterman

    Stan Waterman 

    US Dean of Student Conduct & Assistant Director of Athletics


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  • Sanford School Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Policy

    Approved by the Sanford School Board of Trustees

    The Sanford School Board of Trustees recognizes the value of extracurricular activities in the education process. Sanford is committed to providing an environment for all extracurricular activities in which our students are involved that promotes the ideals of sportsmanship, integrity, ethical conduct, and fair play. Sanford encourages the development and promotion of these ideals in all members of the school community, including student participants, coaches, administrators, and spectators.

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