PHILADELPHIA - In April of 2018, Penn announced the formal launch of a comprehensive campaign for the University: The Power of Penn Campaign: Advancing Knowledge for Good with a focus on accelerating Penn’s impact locally, nationally, and globally. As part of the University-wide initiative, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics launched Game Onward: The Campaign for the Future of Penn Athletics.

While much has changed in the world since that announcement, one thing has remained constant: Penn Athletics’ commitment to holistically developing student-athletes and investing in the community-wide club sport and recreational experience while providing our students with the life skills to succeed on and off the field.

Penn Athletics has made outstanding progress against the Game Onward campaign goal of $150M by raising $180M with less than a year remaining in the campaign. Penn supporters have answered the call and have positioned Penn Athletics to accomplish never before seen heights. However, the work is not done. These final months of the campaign will be critical to Penn Athletics’ long-term success.

There is no doubt that we find ourselves in challenging times and locally at Penn, it is no different. We are currently in a fall semester without competition or in-person training, potentially leading to supporters of Penn Athletics to question why support is needed.  It is important to not focus on the current moment in time, but rather consider the great progress that has been made over the last several years and how with your continued support, Penn Athletics will catapult forward for sustained success. Now is the time to double-down on your investment in Penn’s young people and ensure the future of Penn Athletics remains healthy and strong.

As a result, Penn Athletics is announcing a year-long call to action entitled “Set the Future in Motion: The Final Year of the Game Onward Campaign.” Please help Penn demonstrate to the world the resiliency which makes this institution so special. When Penn returns to competition, it will continue to deliver an unrivaled academic and athletic experience to its nearly 1,000 student-athletes. However, help is needed to make this a reality.

Set the Future in Motion: The Final Year of the Game Onward Campaign will remain focused on three main principles:

•    Student-Athlete Experience – Connecting student-athletes to life skills and life-changing experiences through innovative programs.
•    Campus Engagement – Inspiring best-in-class engagement and fostering a spirited Athletics community.  
•    Competitive Excellence – Achieving greater competitive excellence within the Ivy League and nationally.
 
Please visit the campaign microsite to learn more about these goals and priorities and the many ways you can become involved and support the Athletics campaign.

Should you have any questions about the campaign or Penn Athletics in general, the Penn Champions Club team is available to help, so please reach out to them at 215-898-4717 or email penncc@upenn.edu.