The University of Oklahoma is home to one of the most storied intercollegiate athletics programs in the nation. The Sooners boast 26 national championships in men's and women's sports, 251 team conference championships and more than 800 All-Americans.
The success of OU's teams contribute to a sense of pride in the community and across the state. The very mention of the word "Sooners" evokes a sense of tradition and championships. Nationwide, Oklahoma is synonymous with winning.
The pride in our program goes beyond the trophies and victories to the very things for which we stand. Throughout the department, OU's student-athletes, coaches and staff members are committed to our core values, a set of beliefs we use in making every decision.
Those values include respect, accountability for self and others, passion for comprehensive excellence, celebration of diversity and integrity in all our affairs.
Our commitment to these values allows us to view everything we do within the greater framework of our mission statement -- inspiring champions today and preparing leaders for tomorrow.
Like a mosaic, our combined commitment to the core values creates the picture of who we are as people and as Sooners. It helps us understand that we are a small part of the legacy of excellence that is Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Oklahoma.
- OU Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione
"The Athletics Department makes an important contribution to the spirit of our entire institution and our determination to be the best in every area. The ability to win at life is the most important impact of the department and all of its staff members on our student-athletes. The Athletics Department is dedicated not only to the development of athletic talent, but also to academic skills, personal values and character."
- OU President David L. Boren
Oklahoma is widely regarded as a leader in college athletics. Not only do the Sooners consistently perform at the highest levels, but also the way OU goes about winning championships is admired.