Sports

Football hero

A new statue at Franklin Field will honor Penn alum and NFL Hall-of-Famer Chuck Bednarik. Known as “Concrete Charlie,” Bednarik played for the Quakers from 1945 to 1948, and then for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 to 1962.

Historic Palestra floor makes a rebound

Known as the “Cathedral of Basketball,” the Palestra opened in 1927 and has grown into one of the most historic collegiate arenas in the nation. The celebrated gymnasium has hosted more games and visiting teams and NCAA tournament games than any other college facility in the country.

Greg Johnson

Putting the Palestra on film

Mikaelyn Austin remembers visiting the Palestra as a high school senior, during her Penn recruiting trip, and seeing a photo of former Penn basketball star Michael Jordan sitting atop one of the arena’s hoops, swinging the recently cut net over his head after a momentus win.

Tim Hyland

Law prof gets handed a labor football

This past January, while half the country was huddled around the TV watching the Super Bowl and scarfing down Buffalo wings, David Berger Professor of Law Stephen Burbank was in sunny San Diego, taking it all in live.

Sandy Smith



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Philadelphia Inquirer

Olympic champion Greg Bell returned to Penn Relays with plenty of memories

88-year-old Greg Bell was one of the top athletes of his era. Competing for Indiana, he broke a Penn Relays record and captured four individual titles—three in his specialty, the long jump—from 1956 through 1958. Returning to Franklin Field in 2019, he carried his Olympic gold medal from the 1956 Melbourne Games, which he won seven months after his first Relay record. 

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn women make history with first distance medley relay win at Penn Relays

Women’s distance medley relay team members Nia Akins, Uchechi Nwogwugwu, Melissa Tanaka, and Maddie Villalba won Thursday’s race at the Penn Relays. Coach Steve Dolan said the four are “some of the best runners in Penn history assembled at one time.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Usain Bolt remembers his historic 2010 Penn Relays performance: ‘There was a great atmosphere’

No matter where his life and his pursuits take him, the Jamaican icon always will remember his performances at the Penn Relays and what the carnival has done to help young Jamaican athletes get noticed by U.S. colleges.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Forty years after his memorable race, Renaldo Nehemiah to return to Penn Relays

It has been 40 years since Renaldo Nehemiah created one of the most indelible memories in the history of the Penn Relays with his history-making 44.3-second anchor leg for Maryland.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn’s female rowers have a new teammate. She’s 10.

With the help of Penn’s women’s rowing team, the sport is bringing Keira McGrenehan joy and relief as she manages ulcerative colitis through a national program called Team IMPACT, which connects kids with serious and chronic illnesses to college athletic teams.

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