Sports

Bend it like Breukelen

Breukelen Woodard of the women’s soccer team talks transferring to Penn, adjusting to the Ivy League, the job of an attacking midfielder, and her fondness for classic rock.

Greg Johnson

Fast Eddie

Sprint football captain Eddie Jenkins chats about his football origins, maintaining weight, interning for the Steelers, and lessons learned from Coach Bill Wagner.

Greg Johnson

Legends of the fall

In their fall finale, the women’s golf team triumphed in the Lady Blue Hen Invitational over the weekend by putting up record-breaking numbers.

Greg Johnson

Digging deep with Parker Jones

The junior on the volleyball team chats about her responsibilities as an outside hitter, her interest in Penn, the joy of beach volleyball, and coaching the freshman team while she was in high school.

Greg Johnson



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Assuming college basketball resumes this winter, Donahue is optimistic about the quality of the team this season, but recognizes the dynamic is ‘ever-changing,’ and he’s paying close attention to what the season will be like, plus things outside basketball. The Quakers have given public support to the Black Lives Matter campaign and the protests across Philadelphia against institutional racism and police brutality.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

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

In addition to being athletic director, overseeing 33 varsity sports, Calhoun is chair of the NCAA Division I council, part of the NCAA board of directors, and the NCAA board of governors. But that’s not all—Calhoun is also chair of the Ivy League’s committee on administration, essentially the working committee of Ivy athletic directors.

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Sports Illustrated

You Relays got a hold on me

Letting go of this weekend’s Penn Relays, canceled by COVID-19 for the first time in their 125-year history, will sting harshly. By carrying on through past wars and national emergencies, the annual track and field extravaganza has enthralled millions, legitimized the sport in the U.S. and advanced racial integration.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

This runner was a favorite for the U.S. Olympic team. Then came the coronavirus pandemic

The middle-distance runner from Penn, who ran the second-fastest 800 meters in NCAA history, was quickly turning her focus to the Olympics, until the coronavirus put everything on hold. Now training for her “peak” has been put off indefinitely.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn track star and Olympic hopeful Nia Akins tones down her rigorous schedule

For someone who specializes in time management, as an emerging world-class athlete and a student in Penn’s School of Nursing, Nia Akins is scaling back some of her training, and her course load is a little lighter online. With her training on a “freelance” schedule, Akins is hopeful that Penn will consider giving a fifth year of eligibility to spring sports athletes who weren’t able to compete this year.

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