Gateway to Service….. Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

About the Department of Athletics

The objective of the Washington Adventist University’s Intercollegiate Athletics Program is to provide an opportunity for students to enrich their college experience through comprehensive, challenging and a professionally managed athletics program. Through associated athletic events, student-athletes are encouraged to achieve levels of excellence in competition and individual development. Additionally, the Athletics Program is dedicated to enhancing the university’s reputation for integrity and excellence as demonstrated by the performance of student-athletes, coaches, and all department staff members both on and off the field or court.


Sponsored Programs

Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Women's Volleyball, Acro Airs

Department of Athletics Mission Statement
The Department of Athletics at Washington Adventist University strives to use the Christian principles of love to develop the whole-person into the image of Christ for winning in athletics and in life.
To further make this vision practical, the Athletics Program challenges athletes, coaches, staff, administrators, and related faculty to frame their experience in basic philosophical commitments for developing excellence, respect, and love:

  • We will model the life and teachings of Jesus Christ into all aspects of the learning community.
  • We work to develop each student-athlete as a whole-person. Understanding human function in four dimensions-physiologic, mental, psychosocial and spiritual helps us to treat the person as a whole and a temple for God.
  • We aspire to be like Jesus by focusing on His example in living the best life possible in all dimensions. Four scripture-based qualities of Jesus guide our aspirations to be like Him-Warrior, Miracle-Worker, Lover and King.

Stay up-to-date with Shock athletics by visiting, the official website of WAU Athletics.



School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.