Ready to run

Kristina García

Penn Today

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

On a windy Thursday afternoon on Franklin Field, grade-school students are spread out around the track, poised for take-off. The runners are watching their teammates sprint toward them, waiting for their moment. These are the Young Quakers, practicing for the April 29 4x100 relay event in the Penn Relays. They’re part of Young Quakers Community Athletics, an after-school program run by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Penn Athletics. The program pairs “Big Quakers,” Penn student athletes, in track, lacrosse, and basketball, with fourth- through eighth-grade students from three public schools in West Philadelphia, the “Young Quakers.”

To learn more about how the Young Quakers prepare for the Penn Relays, click here.