Penn Women's Rowing mentors a fifth grader, Keira McGrenehan, through Team IMPACT.
Penn Athletics is committed to its mission of holistically developing all 1,000 of our student-athletes. While our student-athletes excel and develop athletically and academically, their experiences and contributions as student-athletes extend beyond the boundaries of a classroom or a playing field. Student-athletes and teams work with partners on initiatives including mentorship programs, community outreach, volunteering, and more.
In 2018, Penn Athletics entered into a multi-year, multi-faceted sponsorship agreement with Macquarie Investment Management, a global asset management firm headquartered in Philadelphia, including sponsorship of several key youth and athletic programs. As part of the sponsorship, Macquarie is:
- Premier sponsor of the Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) Program, a collaboration between the Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Penn Athletics, which creates partnerships between Penn's intercollegiate athletic teams and West Philadelphia public schools
- Presenting sponsor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Penn, a program that celebrates the extraordinary achievements in girls' and women's sports and recognizes the ongoing effort toward equality and access for women in sports
- Presenting sponsor of the new student-athlete Community Champion program
Through a partnership with the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Penn Lacrosse and Penn Track & Field student-athletes mentor kindergarten through 8th graders from West Philadelphia public schools. Penn student-athletes provide guidance by mentoring the children both on and off the field. In addition to mentoring, the program provides coaches, uniforms, sports equipment, bus transportation, and access to the University’s world-class playing fields at no cost to the schools or their students. The program participants also benefit from the Netter Center’s comprehensive UACS programming, which brings additional academic, human, and material resources from Penn to their schools during the school day, after school and in the summer.
Penn student-athlete participate as mentors through the Classroom Champions program. Classroom Champions supports, develops, and positively impacts not just students, but their families, our teachers, Penn athlete mentors and, ultimately, entire communities.
University of Pennsylvania women's rowing team signed Keira McGrenehan to the program through Team IMPACT. Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched nearly 1,600 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 49 states, reaching over 50,000 participating student-athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child's support team. Throughout the journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie and support while the student-athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency and perspective they can't learn in a classroom.
For the last 8 years Penn Football has participated in the “Be the Match” program, which provides potential bone marrow matches to those in need of a transplant. Not only has the entire football team registered as matches, the team runs a drive to recruit those outside the team to offer themselves as potential matches as well. In addition to the entire freshman class registering this year, Penn Football recruited 239 new bone marrow registry members. This has resulted in 11 matches and subsequent bone marrow transplants since Penn Football got involved with Be the Match.