Penn’s latest program: the Young Quaker Community Athletics Initiative fills important gap for West Philly students

Nicole Contosta

University City Review

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To Penn President Amy Gutmann, "Serving our community and our students in this new way goes right to the heart of what it means to be Penn."  

Gutmann’s statement refers to the Young Quaker Community Athletics Initiative (YQCA), which began as a pilot in 2012. That’s when the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships and the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics came together for a boys’ lacrosse game at Comegys Community School.  

Evidence of the program’s success was on full display Thursday, January 30th. Penn leaders, coaches and student athletes joined West Philly students in the Dunning Center Board Room, adjacent to the Franklin Field to venerate the program.  

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