Play Hard. Play Fair.
Whether Sun Valley Community School students are playing or training in the Fishtank (our gym), on our soccer fields, in the Julia Argyros Training Center in Rufus M. Brown hall, or in the stunning natural playground that is our backyard, we dig deep and go far. If you're looking to catch Cutthroat athletes in action, you might find us in one of these places.
Sun Valley Community School’s gymnasium, called the Fishtank, is the home base of Cutthroat volleyball and basketball teams, provides space for Middle and Elementary school indoor P.E. classes, and is been the scene of dodge ball competitions and other all-school activities and presentations. The Fishtank is located on the Trail Creek Campus at One Community School Drive, Sun Valley, Idaho.
Located within Rufus M. Brown Hall, the Julia Argyros Training Center is a fully equipped gym modeled after the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah. The state-of-the-art 3,200-square-foot space serves the school's Upper School and Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation athletes and offers everything an athlete needs to become strong and fit for their athletic endeavors.
The Dumke Family Sagewillow Campus in Sun Valley’s Elkhorn neighborhood is used year-round for athletics. In the fall, the playing fields and trails on the 30-acre property are the site of soccer and cross country running practices and competitions. The SVSEF Air Barn, also located on the property, is used throughout the year by freestyle, freeski, and snowboard athletes for aerial practice and conditioning, and the Sagewillow Ski Treadmill and Roller Ski Track Facility provides cross country skiers world-class indoor and outdoor off-snow training options.
Located at the Dumke Family Sagewillow Campus in Sun Valley, the SVSEF Air Barn is our indoor anti-gravity training venue. Athletes have access to a dry-slope tow-in ramp to airbag, three trampolines equipped with spotting rigs, an additional airbag pit, and a half-pipe. The SVSEF Air Barn also provides a year-round indoor venue, which supplements conditioning provided within the Julia Argyros Training Center, located within Sun Valley Community School’s Rufus M. Brown Hall.
Richard Whitelaw initially joined Sun Valley Community School in 1992 as boys' varsity soccer coach and currently serves as Director of Athletics, boys' varsity soccer coach, and Middle School P.E. assistant.
Richard is grateful for the opportunity to pass along his love for sport to students, and he comes to work each day inspired by the Community School family. "Being surrounded by young, talented, intelligent students, and empowering, caring, positive faculty is a joy," he says. "I have the greatest job in the world."
In his many years coaching boys' varsity soccer, Richard has been committed to sharing a love for the game and a spirit of sportsmanship among his players. "I strive to instill in these young men that it's not about the wins or championships, it's about making the most of your short high school career, experiencing all the emotions associated with a successful team, playing to the best of your ability, and exuding good sportsmanship every step of the way."
Richard's love for the game of soccer doesn't end when he steps off the field. His favorite way to spend his time away from school: "Watching soccer, reading about soccer, writing about soccer, thinking about soccer . . . soccer never sleeps."