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Each year, approximately 75 percent of Mercersburg students participate in at least one of our 27 sports, filling more than 45 teams that offer varsity, junior varsity, and thirds levels. Participation fulfills the school’s physical education requirement and the Performance Group Activity expectation.

Athletics at Mercersburg provides a prime venue for developing leadership skills, enhancing collaborative ability, and building the character necessary to gain success with honor and to persevere through adversity. Simply put, a young person’s experience in athletics can be as influential as any other aspect of an education at Mercersburg.

Mercersburg Academy boys' basketball players on the court.
A Mercersburg Academy girls' soccer player dribbles past an opponent.
A Mercersburg baseball player fields a ground ball.

Championship quality

Excellent facilities, experienced coaching and training, and top competition are hallmarks of the athletic experience at Mercersburg. Blue Storm athletes test themselves against stiff opposition; in addition to state-of-the-art campus facilities, Mercersburg teams often compete on PGA Tour golf courses, in professional baseball parks, and in NCAA stadiums, arenas, and other venues.

Mercersburg Academy athlete Carrie Jornlin playing college basketball.

College Athletes

Mercersburg’s athletic program is geared to service a diverse student population, one that includes athletes with aspirations of competing on the next level. Typically, 20-25 percent of each graduating class features student-athletes who are recruited for collegiate competition. 

Over the last several years, Mercersburg athletes from 18 different sports have committed to compete in leagues and associations that span the United States, including the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference, Big Ten Conference, Ivy League, Pac-12 Conference, Patriot League, Southeastern Conference, American Athletic Conference, America East Conference, Atlantic-10 Conference, Conference USA, Horizon League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference, Northeast Conference, New England Small College Athletic Conference, and University Athletic Association.

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Mercersburg Academy athlete Vinnie Rey playing football in the NFL.

Pro Athletes

Only a select few athletes in any sport rise to the professional level, but, true to its tradition of excellence, Mercersburg has produced a diverse group of competitors whose career paths have included a number of professional sports dating back to 1900.  

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Olympic Athletes

Mercersburg students and alumni from 15 countries have appeared in 22 different Summer Olympics held since 1896, including every Summer Games but one in which the United States competed from 1908 to 2004.

Mercersburg athletes have competed in several areas of athletics: track & field, swimming, sailing, gymnastics, wrestling, and the former Olympic sport of tug of war.

Notably, there have been 15 Olympics with more than one Mercersburg athlete participating, including the 1924 Summer Games, when five Mercersburg alumni competed.  And in 1952, Mercersburg alumni Charlie Moore ’47 and Lee Yoder ’50 even competed in the same event.

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Hard work.

The Mercersburg athletic program provides a challenging, supportive, instructive, and enjoyable experience that fosters the development of character, leadership, and teamwork.

Fair play.

We provide a transformative, competitive, growth experience for every student that inspires passions and pursuits, leading them to reach their highest level of accomplishment and fulfillment. 

Clean life.

We compete with character and integrity. Our student-athletes contribute with work ethic and accountability, and lead with service and by example. Mercersburg teams face challenges with resilience and grit, and appreciate opportunities with commitment and unity.

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