The New Mexico School for the Deaf believes athletics to be an integral part of the school's educational program, providing experiences to help young people to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally. At NMSD, students have the unique opportunity to participate in athletics with direct communication with their coaches and their teammates.
The main objective is to instill in our student athletes the concept that success is brought about by hard work, commitment, sacrifice, preparedness, and doing the best that one can daily.
Participation in athletics is not only necessary for better health, physical fitness, and improved motor skills, it also promotes self-esteem, self-discipline and the desire to excel. Respect for authority, respect for the rights of others and the development of the highest ideals of fairness in human relationships are often the learning outcomes achieved through athletics. We believe these traits are carried over not only to classroom work, but also throughout our student's lives.
While winning and the spirit of competition is an immediate objective in all athletic contests, we believe it is not an end in itself. At NMSD, the desire to win is also used to pursue more important objectives and lessons like sportsmanship and fair play.
NMSD is a full-fledged member of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA). The New Mexico Activities Association was formed in 1921 as a private/non-profit organization whose principle purpose is the regulation, direction, administration and supervision of interscholastic activities in the State of New Mexico. The NMAA prides itself in its leadership, providing educational and social experiences for the students and communities of New Mexico. The NMAA has taken a leadership role nationally in several areas, including sportsmanship, media relations, coaches’ preparation, corporate development and interscholastic activities.