IT'S WHO WE ARE. IT'S WHAT WE BELIEVE. AND IT LIVES IN THE HEARTS OF OUR STUDENT-ATHLETES.
The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team is a creed that represents Indiana University Athletics' core values, mission statement and strategic plan--all rolled into one solid commitment to our:
- Selves (especially our student-athletes)
- President and trustees
- Faculty and staff
- Alumni and benefactors
- Fellow citizens (as a public university, we represent and belong to all Hoosiers)
Where did this creed come from? "The Spirit of Indiana" was Indiana University's theme for 1925, the same year the original Memorial Stadium opened. As part of the festivities, the "Indiana Creed of Sportsmanship" was written by John S. Hastings, LL.B'24, a former Indiana University trustee. A tribute to team over self, the Creed states, in part:
The spirit of Indiana in athletics must be the spirit of the team. The team must be competitive in spirit and have the will to win over and above the will to star... Without this spirit of the team and this goal of school above self, we fail miserably--not only here in our sports life, but in the world of business and society after we leave this campus...With it, we exemplify the true spirit of Indiana in athletics.
More recently, the motto of "24 Sports, One Team" has been embraced by all of us at IU Athletics. It's our way of saying that we best pursue our individual goals by working together for the greater good.
The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team is a statement of who Indiana University Athletics is in the great IU tradition of "The Indiana Creed of Sportsmanship" and the "The Spirit of Indiana." It's our touchstone. It's our standard for setting priorities, allocating resources and making decisions. It's who we are and who we become.
IT'S A TRIBUTE TO TEAM AND SCHOOL OVER SELF. IT'S A PLEDGE WE MAKE TO OURSELVES AND TO IU.