Penn Athletics Raises $241 Million During Game Onward Campaign


PHILADELPHIA - The Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania achieved a historical milestone as the Game Onward Campaign for the Future of Penn Athletics concluded on June 30, 2021. With overwhelming support from the Penn Athletics community, The Division exceeded its $150 million goal, raising an incredible $241.2 million from over 16,000 donors.


As part of the University-wide Power of Penn Campaign, the Game Onward Campaign ambitiously set out to bolster the student-athlete experience by enhancing facilities, providing vital support for annual and endowment funds, and enabling new initiatives that foster leadership, wellness, and teamwork. Highlights from the Game Onward Campaign include $69.7M in athletics specific endowment that in part was made possible by the creation of 32 new Student-Athlete Experience Endowments, which enhance the student-athlete experience by supporting operational expenses like travel, equipment, nutrition, and academic support. In addition, Penn Athletics secured the future of vital programs and key positions by more than doubling the athletic-specific endowment and naming 15 staff and coaching positions through other endowments that will support Penn Athletics and our student-athletes in perpetuity.


Another highlight from the campaign includes $101.8M for critical capital enhancements, including the transformational Penn Squash Center, Penn’s historic Boathouse, the forthcoming Jane and David Ott Center for Track & Field, and the Meiklejohn Baseball Stadium renovation. These capital gifts directly impact student-athletes by providing them with best-in-class facilities to train and compete. The Game Onward Campaign also offered innovative leadership training and a specialized curriculum from expert faculty members through the Penn Athletics Wharton Leadership Academy, part of the newly named Pottruck Center for Student-Athlete Success.


“As the new Athletic Director, I am beyond grateful and proud of what was accomplished during the Game Onward Campaign,” the T. Gibbs Kane, Jr. W’69 Director of Athletics and Recreation Alanna Shanahan said. “The scope of support and generosity from the Penn Athletics community throughout this campaign will be felt for generations to come – from endowed coaching positions to enhancing the student-athlete experience. I am extremely excited to celebrate the success of the campaign and the future of Penn Athletics.”


“The breadth of support and number of unique donors is a true testament to the Penn Athletics family,” Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development and Alumni Relations Tim Folan said. “The success of the campaign speaks volumes about the value of Athletics to the entire Penn community - our alumni, friends, coaches and staff all play a crucial role in our accomplishments, but I want to highlight our volunteer leadership. In particular, our Board of Advisors, our Campaign Steering Committee, and all volunteers across our 33 varsity teams and club sports were vital to the success of the Game Onward Campaign and we look forward to building upon this momentum in the years to come.”


“The tremendous success of the Game Onward Campaign would not be possible without the vision of the University, Penn Athletics leadership, the Penn Champions Club, and the entire Penn Athletics community,” Penn Athletics Board of Advisors, Chair, James H. Greene, Jr. W’72 said. “Our work is not complete, but we have positioned the Division to have a successful and vibrant future.”