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OPC McKinney Returns to Coach

Billy McKinney, OPC 01 has returned to PC this spring to work as a lacrosse coach. After graduating fromUniversityofDelaware, Bill was an assistant coach for PC Lacrosse for one season, and then went on toLafayetteCollegeandSt. Joseph's University as an assistant coach. Bill will be working as assistant head coach for Patrick McDonough. Bill also manages his own successful private lacrosse business which includes a club team, camps, showcase tournaments and private lessons. We are especially pleased to have Bill using PC for the LEAPS Program. This is a Philadelphia-based program which brings the game of lacrosse to city children who otherwise might not get to know lacrosse. Bill has provided the description below for any interested families.


LEAPS, a 501 c 3 non-profit foundation established in 2008, is pleased to announce a FREE clinic series taking place at the William Penn Charter School. Dedicated to growing the game of lacrosse by increasing exposure, the LEAPS clinics are FREE and will introduce the game of lacrosse to boys and girls ages 4 - 7. LEAPS will staff the clinics in collaboration with Big 4 Lacrosse and Triple H Lacrosse.

Where: Indoors at the William Penn Charter School Field House    

When: Sundays - 3/18, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6

Time: 1 - 2:30 pm

Who: Any Boy or Girl Ages 4-7

*No equipment or prior experience is necessary* 

The directors of the clinics are Eric Gregg and Billy McKinney, LEAPS co-founders, former professional lacrosse players, and full-time lacrosse trainers and coaches.

Eric Gregg - The LEAPS curriculum has been taught to 15,000 kids and counting in Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington. I am excited to introduce the sport of lacrosse to the next generation of city and suburban area student athletes. I would not be in the position I am today without lacrosse and I look forward to being able to give back to the game that has given me so much. I hope every family will take advantage of this FREE opportunity to have their children learn a sport, exercise, and have fun.

Billy McKinney - I grew up in Philadelphia playing football, baseball, basketball, tennis, and soccer. I was introduced to lacrosse in high school and earned a full scholarship to play lacrosse at the NCAA Division 1 level. I've coached and played at the youth, high school, college, and professional levels. I am thrilled to give young kids from my hometown exposure to the game I love so much, and wish I was able to receive at their age.

LEAPS’ mission is to enrich the lives of youth through lacrosse and education, as well as instill the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. All of which will, in turn, help them develop a positive worldview. LEAPS will show that with hard work on and off the field, anyone can be successful. LEAPS has been instrumental in the creation of the Philadelphia Public High School Lacrosse League which now boasts 14 teams. Through school visits, equipment drives and donations, and FREE clinics, LEAPS has worked with teachers, volunteers and children to bring them the fastest game on two feet.

Space is limited! If you would like your child to participate, please email or call 215.951.0330 ext. 2190.  

Posted by on Monday March, 5, 2012 at 03:59PM

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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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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!

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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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