Dedicated Spaces in the Graham Athletics & Wellness Center

Dedicated Spaces in the Graham Athletics & Wellness Center

Penn Charter welcomed families and friends to the Graham this fall to dedicate spaces in the building in honor and memory of OPCs and loved ones.

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Marc OPC ’84, Elisa, Judith and David OPC ’88, joined by family, celebrated the dedication of the Dr. Jacob A. Shipon and Family Athletic Training Suite, which was named in honor of their father and husband, who was passionate about human performance and living to one's full potential.

Jill, Sid and Leigh Steinberg OPC ’14, joined by family and friends, dedicated the Blaine Steinberg OPC ’11 Center that bears a wall graphic of larger-than-life student athletes, including sisters Leigh and Blaine. Each day, the fitness center pulses with the energy of athletic teams during their workouts and PE students during Personal Wellness classes. “At Penn Charter,” said Head of School Darryl J. Ford Hon. 1689, “our Strategic Vision statement is that we want to educate students to live lives that make a difference. Blaine did just that. And today, we recognize Blaine’s continued impact on PC.”

Three generations of Gallaghers and Duffys gathered to dedicate the Gallagher Overlook, named in honor of Bill Gallagher Hon. 1689 and Mary Gallagher Hon. 1689. A gift from their children and grandchildren, the overlook is both a gathering space and meeting point on the upper level of the Graham.

“Meet you on Caldwell Court” will soon be a common refrain about a space already in use for PE classes, pickup games and basketball practice. The Kenneth M. Caldwell OPC ’89 Court, one of two competition courts in the Graham, was dedicated this fall by family and friends to honor the memory of the joyful and kind Kenny Caldwell, who loved the game.

Joined by many members of the Class of 1966 and the DiStefano family, Martin Harrity OPC ’66 spoke of classmate “Steffy.” The Class of 1966 Bleachers in honor of Steven P. DiStefano OPC ’66, along both competition basketball courts, are named in his memory.

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