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


Bloomberg

Taking worries about sports to heart

Rajat Deo of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about cardiology health issues in student athletes. “Forget about COVID,” he said. “If you have an elite college athlete or even if you have a high school athlete on the JV swimming team with some degree of cardiac involvement, are you going to let that person compete?”

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USA Today

NCAA council recommends eligibility relief for athletes who lose seasons due to COVID-19 pandemic

M. Grace Calhoun, Athletics director and NCAA Division I council chair, said the NCCA is working to create flexibility for student athletes whose seasons were negatively affected by the pandemic. “Every day things are changing in college sport, and we want to be as responsive as possible,” she said.

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KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

The new volleyball coach can't step foot on campus yet: College sports during COVID-19

Meredith Schamun, the newly hired head women’s volleyball coach, was interviewed about coaching during the pandemic.

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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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