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All members of the Duke Men's Lacrosse Program embrace the values articulated in the team Mission Statement and subscribe to the principles of its Team Standards.

Mission Statement

The primary goal of the Duke Men's Lacrosse Program is to develop student-athletes of character and integrity who will serve as positive members of the school community and the greater society. We believe that the following objectives will best augment the team's mission.

  1. We will promote pride, unity, and confidence in Duke University, the Duke athletic department, and the Blue Devil Lacrosse family.
  2. We will place primacy on our academic endeavors, and recognize the importance of intellectual growth throughout our undergraduate careers.
  3. We will practice positive leadership and display the courage necessary to advocate just causes in the face of public or social pressures.
  4. We will hold ourselves responsible and accountable for our thoughts, feelings, and actions; we recognize that as student-athletes we represent Duke University.
  5. We understand the immense opportunities afforded us as members of a diverse student body. Through our interactions on campus and in the broader community, we will demonstrate the virtues of compassion, sensitivity, and respect.

The Duke University Men's Lacrosse program has a strong foundation built on the values of family, community, and positive attitudes. All members of the program will strive to uphold this tradition through hard work, professionalism, and loyalty.

Family: We believe in relationships that are grounded in honesty, trust, and respect. As student-athletes, we will meet our responsibilities with integrity, persistence and confidence. Through the bonds we create, we will hold ourselves, our teammates, our classmates, and the entire University in the highest regard.

Community: As visible members on campus, we have an opportunity to strengthen our community through active participation and service. In giving of ourselves, we can enrich the lives of others around us. Through this process, we might also know the reciprocal benefits of engaging with a diverse world.

Attitude: Regardless of the challenges faced, we embrace a commitment to always put forth our best effort. Our attitude will be defined by our strength of character and our constant pursuit of excellence on the field, in the classroom, and within the community. The pride and confidence we derive from our team activities will not deter us from recognizing the great privilege we have been presented as student-athletes at Duke.

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