Student Athletes

Lax player Alex Goldner’s 2020 vision

Senior attacker Adam Goldner writes about his time on the men’s lacrosse team, the decision to cancel the season, and why the memories he made as a student athlete at Penn will last forever.



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Ivy League won’t have any fall semester sports

Athletics Director M. Grace Calhoun, who also serves as chair of the Ivy League’s committee on administration, commented on the League’s recently announced policies for fall semester sports. “The only way this really works is if everyone works together,” she said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

As Steve Donahue plans for a new era of Penn basketball, his mind is on more than sports

Basketball Coach Steve Donahue spoke about the Quakers’ year ahead and his support for student activism. “I’m learning so much more about my life than I even thought I knew all the years I’ve coached people of color,” he said. “Our country, I’m hoping and praying that this is a tipping point—that we all learn that this has to stop, all the injustice that’s been done.”

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USA Today

Return of college athletes for workouts brings COVID-19 issues that could threaten fall schedule

Athletics Director M. Grace Calhoun said an approved plan to resume team practices “balances the proper precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the need for an acclimatization period to safely return to play.”

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The Washington Post

NCAA moves to allow Division I football, basketball teams back on campus for workouts

Athletic Director M. Grace Calhoun spoke about the end of the NCAA’s moratorium on athletic activities, which may resume June 1. “Allowing for voluntary athletics activity acknowledges that reopening our campuses will be an individual decision but should be based on advice from medical experts,” she said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

AJ Brodeur never missed a game at Penn, and neither did his mother

Student athlete AJ Brodeur and his mother, who has attended all of her son’s games, were profiled. “It honestly does mean the world to me,’’ AJ Brodeur said. “Not everybody is as lucky as I am, to have somebody who is able to be as present.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn athletic director Grace Calhoun is busier than ever, as chair of NCAA Division I council

M. Grace Calhoun was profiled for her work as Penn’s athletic director, as chair of the NCAA Division I council, as a voting member of the NCAA board of directors, as a non-voting member of the NCAA board of governors, and as a chair of the Ivy League’s committee on administration.

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