Jefferson County School District 509J believes individual students may benefit from activities and athletics through the opportunity to participate in a safe, controlled, learning environment. Jefferson County School District 509J will support activities and athletic competition equally for boys and girls to provide a chance to learn skills in team cooperation, to develop personal selfcontrol and sportsmanship, to gain wholesome social experience, and to develop skills specific to a sport. Because activities and athletics are both educational and recreational, the programs will encourage participation by as many students as possible. The programs will be operated in the best interest of the students without undue interference from outside influences. While wellorganized, energetic activities and athletic programs can be a potent morale factor among students and community, Jefferson County School District 509J believes that emphasis on competition should not be detrimental to student health, safety, and social attitudes.