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Young Quakers Community Athletics' (YQCA) annual MLK Sports & Wellness Event - Jan. 16

January 16, 2021
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10:30am
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12:00pm

We invite families from across Penn and West Philadelphia to engage in virtual sports and wellness activities with Penn students and staff.

About this Event

Each year, during the month of January, the University of Pennsylvania and our surrounding communities come together to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This commemoration includes a day of service on our campus and in the Philadelphia community in January 2021 and continues with programming and events through February 2021. Young Quakers Community Athletics' (YQCA) annual MLK Sports & Wellness Event serves as a kickoff for the month long symposium. This year, YQCA would like to invite families from across Penn and West Philadelphia to engage in virtual sports and wellness activities under the guidance and encouragement of Penn students and staff. Participating families will join via Zoom for yoga, bodyweight fitness exercises, and sports performance activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from Penn student speakers about how they've embraced Dr. King's principles in their own lives. The event is co-sponsored and presented by Penn's Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and the African-American Resource Center.

There is no equipment or supplies required to participate, although we do recommend that participants: (1) dress in sports attire or activewear, (2) clear a large enough space in your home for physical activity and movement, (3) set up a yoga mat, towel, or carpeted area for the yoga portion, (4) have a water bottle closeby to stay hydrated!

Given the event's focus on fitness activities, we would also like to encourage participants to pay attention to any limitations, ailments, or impairments that may affect their ability to participate in said activities. If participants do not feel comfortable participating in certain exercises, we invite them to modify movements in a way that feels good for them and/or opt to observe those movements instead.