From Tuesday, November 28th (Giving Tuesday) through Friday, January 12th, Penn Athletics’ varsity programs will once again be going head to head to determine the ultimate #RedandBlueChampions during the second annual Red & Blue Challenge. All gifts made during the Red & Blue Challenge will have a positive impact on the current student-athlete experience by helping provide the resources to compete, grow and learn in a world-class environment.  The Red & Blue Challenge provides a platform for the Penn Athletic community to show their pride for their teams and also to make a positive impact that will stay with our student-athletes for life. Last year, this challenge raised over $280,000 from 683 individuals and contributed to a 35% increase in dollars received in the month of December alone when compared to the previous year.


Scoring Categories


  • Calculated per fund by hard credit donors since July 1, 2017 towards the fund's FY18 donor goal.

  • Eligible donor gifts: $100 giving level and above and young alumni donors (5 years out) at the $50 giving level and above.



  • Calculated per fund by hard dollars since July 1, 2017 towards the fund's FY18 dollar goal.



In total, there will be $20,000 in reward prizes handed out to the winning teams...


1. The winning team in each competition category as of January 12th will receive a $5,000 prize that will be directed to their annual fundraising goal.


2. Additionally, For Giving Tuesday only (November 28th)  the team that finishes atop the above competition categories will receive a $5,000 prize to go toward their annual fundraising goal—we will only be looking at donors and dollars from that single day when awarding the prize money. 


How to Participate

1. Make a gift to the program of your choice

  • Online: Please click here to make your gift online
  • By Mail: Please mail checks made out to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania with the sport you would like to support written in the memo field to:

Penn Champions Club
Weightman Hall
235 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

  • By Phone: Please call 215-898-4717 to make a gift with a member of the Penn Champions Club staff over the phone
  • Securities: Please contact us at 215-898-4717 or email for assistance with your securities transfer. Please note all securities must be received by 4 PM on Friday, December 30th to be processed in the 2016 calendar year.


2. Double Your Impact

Many companies will match gifts made to Penn Athletics at a 2-to-1 or 3-to-1 ratio at no cost to the employee. Please click here to see if your employer qualifies.

3. Spread the Word

Once you've made your gift, encourage former teammates, fellow parents, or friends in your Penn Athletics network to participate!

  • Share why you support Penn Athletics on social media using #RedandBlueChampions and tag us on Twitter (@pennchampions), Facebook (Penn Champions Club) and Instagram (@pennchampionsclub)
  • Become a Red & Blue Ambassador - During the challenge, Red & Blue Ambassadors will be equipped with sample emails, social media posts, and images to help encourage their Penn Athletics networks to participate.  If you'd like to become a Red & Blue Ambassador, please email us at or call 215-898-4717.


Final Team Standings

 1. The Percentage Towards Annual Donor Goal ($5,000 Bonus)

1             Soccer
2             Volleyball
3             Swimming and Diving
4             Gymnastics
5             Tennis
6             Sprint Football
7             Basketball
8             Squash
9             Lightweight Rowing
10           Football
11           Baseball
12           Rowing
13           Golf
14           Lacrosse
15           Fencing
16           Track & Field
17           Wrestling
18           Softball
19           Field Hockey


2. The Percentage Towards Annual Fund Goal ($5,000 Bonus) 

1             Sprint Football
2             Swimming and Diving
3             Soccer
4             Lightweight Rowing
5             Golf
6             Football
7             Track and Field
8             Baseball
9             Basketball
10           Gymnastics
11           Lacrosse
12           Squash
13           Tennis
14           Rowing
15           Wrestling
16           Fencing
17           Volleyball
18           Field Hockey
19           Softball