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Athletics Supports the PC Service Program

Jim Ballengee, Director of Service Learning and assistant coach for girls cross country and track wrote the following note this morning.

"I wanted to inform everyone of a great new Athletic Department initiative in conjunction with Service Learning that started last night. The 5th grade class at St. James School(new faith based school started up this fall near PC) came up to campus around 5 pm and received a soccer clinic from one of our coaches - they have sports once a week @ St. James, but are forced to use their basement with little or no equipment. Ed Foley whose leadership has been critical to this project then took them to the turf field and the track to run around. and then we all came downstairs to the cafeteria for a pizza dinner. One of the team captains, Ani Schug, talked to the students about the courses she takes, her schedule and the many activities she is involved in. After dinner we took a tour of the Upper School and talked to them about Quakerism in the Meeting Room.

Ed plans a bi-weekly schedule exposing the St. James students to a wide variety of sports and we will increasingly bring student athletes in as mentors and role models for the younger students. A number of coaches and teams have eagerly signed up already!

This is the best kind of public purpose work as evidenced by comments like, "I want to come to this school someday" and the pure joy of the kids running around a turf field which they had never seen the likes of before last night. Congrats to Ed Foley for providing the leadership for a great new initiative at Penn Charter!"

Posted by on Friday October, 14, 2011 at 07:57AM

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Penn Charter has provided student athletes with resources to match their talents. On 44 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.

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Go Charter!

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!

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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