CWRU Athletics Introduces New Mission Statement & Tag Line

The Case Western Reserve University Department of Athletics & Physical Education has introduced a new mission statement and tag line for the department, providing a more modern reflection of the department's goals, and a direction for the future of Case Western Reserve Athletics.

"In our teaching, in our coaching, and in our mentoring – every decision that we make should go back to our mission statement, and needs to be reflective of it," said Case Western Reserve University Director of Athletics Amy Backus.

The mission statement, which can be viewed in full at, was crafted by a committee of various members of the CWRU community, ranging from student-athletes to coaches to alumni.  The ultimate goal of its rewriting was to better encapsulate the department's purpose, while also fulfilling the NCAA's guidelines for mission statements within its member programs.

"The Division III philosophy asks that mission statements reflect eight different categories, ranging from diversity, to broad-based, to athletic success," said Backus.  "When we were writing the mission statement, we tried to incorporate each one of those eight components, and I think we were successful in doing so."

Members of the committee included Backus, CWRU alumnus and visiting committee chair Jim Treleaven, CWRU Director of Media Relations and Communications Bill Lubinger, Assistant Athletic Director for Development Gary Pillar, Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director Jon Schwartz, Head Men's Tennis Coach Todd Wojtkowski, senior swimmer Andrew Henning, and junior Ultimate Frisbee club team member Alicia Chang.

In addition to the revamped mission statement, Case Western Reserve Athletics is unveiling a new tag line – CWRU: Compete, Win, Respect, Unite. 

"Whether it is in intramurals or varsity sports or our club programs, we are in it to win it," said Backus.  "We want to put our best foot forward and make sure that we are providing the right resources to our coaches and student-athletes to put them in a position to be successful.  The respect and the unite piece fit nicely with the mission statement – sportsmanship, inclusiveness and diversity, and how those play in to how we play the game. 

"I'm really looking forward to an opportunity to incorporate our tag line into our marketing materials and everything we are trying to do with our programming.  I want people to start thinking about that tag line – compete, win, respect and unite."