Athletics at Independence serve as an integral component of the school's educational program. The function of our athletic department is to educate the students through their participation in intramural and interscholastic sports. Beyond the development of physical coordination, strength and general athletic skills, our goal is for the student to learn teamwork, sportsmanship and character-building traits inherent in sports and competition.
Recent Patriot Athletic highlights include tennis moving its unbeaten streak to eight consecutive seasons and 79 matches overall, dating back to April 2011, field hockey finishing undefeated at 7-0-3 in the fall of 2019 after a one-win campaign the previous year, and cross country sweeping the boys’ and girls’ team titles in the ’18 Delaware Independent Schools Conference Championship.
Independence is proud to count among its impressive list of alumni former Major League Baseball outfielder Kevin Mench, who played for four different franchises over an eight-year career, current National Football League linebacker Troy Reeder (Los Angeles Rams), 2011 Outdoor NCAA Division I Champion Juliet Bottorff (Duke cross country), 2015 NCAA Division I National Champion midfielder Laura Hurff (Syracuse field hockey), and numerous talents currently competing at the D-I level.
7th- & 8th-Grade Interscholastic Sports offered at Independence are as follows:
Fall -- Co-ed Cross Country, Field Hockey, Boys' Soccer and Girls' Volleyball
Winter -- Boys' and Girls' Basketball, Co-ed Indoor Track and Wrestling
Spring -- Baseball, Boys' and Girls' Lacrosse, Girls' Soccer and Co-ed Tennis
These sports typically practice Tuesday through Friday.
All of these sports are also offered as intramural programs to our 5th- and 6th-grade students, meeting once a week during the season – generally from 3-4:30 p.m. Click here for current team schedules.
For the DIAA Physical Form, click here.