The University of Virginia Department of Athletics is a key part of the university's commitment to excellence in education. Athletes at the university must maintain high academic standards, integrate into the university community, and adhere to the rules of the university, NCAA, and ACC. Within the Department of Athletics, the Department of Sports Medicine provides the best care for treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation for Division 1 intercollegiate student athletes.
The athletic department received the U.S. Olympic Achievement Award last June at the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors Convention. The United States Olympic Committee recognizes students for their medal-winning performances and coaches who are members of medal-winning Olympic or Paralympic delegations. The university earned the award based on the gold-medal-winning performance of swimmer Lauren Perdue at the 2012 London Olympics.