The spirit of Penn Charter athletics is built on a rich and storied tradition of excellence. We believe that the interplay of the three A's – academics, arts, athletics – leads to strong, creative, resilient and flexible people – people who are able to adjust, reposition and be ready for any opportunity that comes their way. Skilled teachers and coaches help our students understand – whether in mathematics or tennis – how to collaborate and compete, how to win with grace, and how to handle challenges and setbacks. Go Charter!
Penn Charter has provided student athletes with resources to match their talents. On 44 acres, Penn Charter offers its players and fans:
six grass playing fields, one synthetic turf field, one all-weather track, seven tennis courts, 10 squash courts, four basketball courts, and one swimming pool.
PC has four buildings designated for athletics: Graham Athletics Center, Kline & Specter Squash Center, Ray Dooney Field House, and the Old Gym.
John Thiel, Director of Athletics and Athletic Planning John Thiel leads the athletics department, supporting the needs of the boys and girls programs in both the Upper and Middle Schools. His emphasis is on long-range planning with a focus on facilities and fields, fund-raising to support the athletic program, and strategies to support top coaches.
Ed Foley, Associate Director of Athletics for Boys Ed Foley OPC '81, who played on two championship football teams at the University of Pennsylvania, has returned to Penn Charter. He has served as head coach of the Philadelphia Little Quakers and a youth coach in his local community. In addition to his administrative duties at Penn Charter, he is an assistant varsity football coach and teaches physical education.
Channing Weymouth, Associate Director of Athletics for Girls Channing Weymouth joined the athletic department in 2011. Channing earned her Masters Degree in Psychology from Connecticut College. While at Connecticut College she was also an assistant coach for field hockey and women's lacrosse. She completed her undergraduate studies at Middlebury College and was an All Conference field hockey player. Channing also played lacrosse, winning the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2004. Channing is a member of the Health and Physical Education Department faculty and she is the head coach for varsity field hockey and girls lacrosse.
Neno Bartocci, Athletic Trainer Neno Bartocci is the school's athletic trainer, and in this role he is responsible for the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries sustained by our students. His academic training is in athletic training and exercise science, and he has experience with both high school and college athletes, including work as a student athletic trainer at West Chester University. As a sergeant in the U.S. Army, he organized training and readiness for soldiers preparing for overseas deployments.