Athletics Program Overview

PCD's athletic program is grounded in the principle set forth by the school's first Head, Charles Breed, who said, "no one is a sideliner here." As in all aspects of school life, it is the full participation of everyone in our community that makes it strong. With an athletic requirement that supports both competitive and instructional levels of play, we put a premium on athletic participation and find that everyone, both the sports-inclined and those who are not, relishes being a member of a PCD team.

PCD Soccer Team

As the words to our school song proclaim, PCD athletes "Play the Game." Playing the game requires knowing the rules and learning the skills; playing the game at PCD also requires respecting teammates, opponents, and oneself. We treasure athletic competition because sports teach us unique lessons about our heads and our hearts, not to mention our hands and our feet. As we learn about ourselves and others, on the field and off, respect becomes an inextricable part of play and an everyday ethical life.


Participation in organized sports or physical education is required throughout a student's career at PCD. The choices each season are broad, enabling students to pursue their current interests, develop new interests, and compete at their highest level of ability.

The Athletic Department provides students with the opportunity to develop their physical, mental, and competitive skills to their fullest potential. Under the direction of experienced coaches, students increase not only technical knowledge of their sport, but also their communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.

Athlete of the Week

Oliver Pope '21 is Athlete of the Week

While playing the first singles position on the Knights Tennis team, Oliver Pope '21 has an impressive 7-2 record this season. He recently competed in the state preliminary playoff round and won in straight sets 6-1, 6-0. In so doing, he qualified for the state singles championships with the opportunity to bring an individual state title home to Country Day.

With four team matches left in the season, Pope is looking to lead his team back to the state championship match for the first time since 2016. Frist year head coach Mike Silva commented, "Ollie is a special player. He is leader on our team and really plays with heart and soul. I'm proud of what he's accomplished over his career, and wish him nothing but continued success."


PCD participates in athletic contests both independently as well as under the jurisdiction of three main governing bodies: SENEISAA, NEPSAC, and RIIL.

Participation in athletics at PCD benefits students and the community in three important ways:

  • Creating a common bond and community identity that brings together different grades, faculty, staff, parents and the community as a whole.
  • Contributing to the maturity and growth of the individual student-athlete in terms of self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-discipline.
  • Teaching students how to work together and how individual skills and contributions can help meet team goals.

As individuals, all students benefit from their participation in athletics, as they develop a lifelong appreciation for physical fitness, learn firsthand the value of good sportsmanship and teamwork, and experience how hard work and determination result in very tangible and discernible results.