Matt Ryan OPC '03 is in the media spotlight since he led the Atlanta Falcons to an NFC championship and a Super Bowl berth. The sports coverage is all over the Internet, but here are quick links to coverage about Matt at Penn Charter, as told by his teammates, coaches, teachers and family.
Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback is on the #RoadtoHouston and stopped in at PC:
Matt Ryan Is Old School by Jenny Vrentas
A Nor'easter, Quaker meeting and Cheesesteaks by Kalyn Kahler
When Matt Ryan was a 6'5" Triple-Option QB (video content)
The New York Times profiled Matt in the lead-up to the NFC Championship:
Falcons' Matt Ryan Stays Under the Radar Even as He Flies High by Bill Pennington
And then the Times followed up with Before Ryan's Ascent, a Quiet Grounding in the Quaker Way.
ESPN chatted with Matt's OPC teammates about the origins of his nickname:
Matt and Penn Charter were the Philadelphia Inquirer weekend cover story:
Matt Ryan was always team-first, Penn Charter mates say, by Zach Berman
More from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Matt Ryan remains connected to Penn Charter:
Penn Charter Has Rooting Interest in Falcons' Matt Ryan, by Ed Barkowitz
Philadelphia Magazine posted a brief story on Matt:
Philly-Area Man Has Chance to Take Down Patriots in Super Bowl, by Dan McQuade
Local TV Coverage
CBS3: Matt Ryan Quietly Putting Together HOF Career by Andrew Porter (with video)
PHL17: Morning Show and Matt Alba
Penn Charter has provided student athletes with resources to match their talents. On 47 acres, Penn Charter offers its players and fans:
- five grass playing fields, two synthetic turf fields, one all-weather, eight-lane track, seven tennis courts, 10 squash courts, four basketball courts, and one swimming pool.
- PC has four buildings designated for athletics: Graham Athletics Center — with the new Blaine A. Steinberg OPC '11 Center for Fitness and Performance — Kline & Specter Squash Center, Ray Dooney Field House, and the Old Gym.
The spirit of Penn Charter athletics is built on a storied tradition of excellence and the belief that the interplay of academics, arts and athletics leads to strong, creative, resilient and flexible people.
Skilled teachers and coaches help our students understand – whether on the playing field or in the classroom – how to collaborate and compete, how to win with grace, and how to handle challenges and setbacks.
Our school cheer is: Go Charter!
We appreciate the student athletes who are now powering PC to great feats, and look forward to welcoming those who will do so in the future. Also, of course, we eternally appreciate the efforts of all OPCs!