In support of USN’s mission “to foster each student’s intellectual, artistic and athletic potential,” the goal in athletics, as in all other endeavors at the school, is excellence.
The school is committed to offering a broad range of programs, each responsive to the developmental needs of the children it serves and dedicated to success at all levels. Through athletic competition, students can develop greater knowledge of their physical potential, the self-confidence that comes from exceeding personal limits, and a deeper understanding of the joys and responsibilities of being part of a team.
USN seeks to foster in its students a love of a wide range of sports, encouraging exercise and regular participation. A strong collaboration among coaches, players, parents, and staff results in the best experience for all students. Through competition, athletes learn goal setting, unselfishness, personal sacrifice, self-discipline, and winning and losing with grace.
In Lower School, a spirit of cooperation takes precedence over competition. USN provides parents with information about league play opportunities for their children and may, where possible, help bring parent coaches and interested children together.
In Middle School, USN participates in the Harpeth Valley Athletic Conference (HVAC), and fields teams for boys and/or girls in a number of sports, currently including: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, track and field, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Students from USN are welcome to play on the Harding Academy football team. Beginning in sixth grade, as students make the transition to interscholastic competition, coaches look to build competitive teams. Where interest exceeds roster space, the school makes every effort to identify other options for students, with the goal of providing the appropriate level of competition and/or skill development for each child.
In High School, most USN teams belong to Division II-A of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), with varsity and junior varsity teams for boys and/or girls in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball. Cheerleading is also offered, without interscholastic competition.