For the first time in the history of the Penn Athletic Hall of Fame, the University bestows a special honorary award. We would be hard-pressed to find a better candidate, and we are honored to add another award to the many he has already accumulated from this institution.

E. Craig Sweeten's Penn athletic career reads as such-he played soccer for three years, from 1934-36, and was captain of the 1936 squad.

(We will let him decide whether or not to confirm the legend we were told...that he arrived at Penn with the hopes of joining the football program. He quickly gave up that dream, and decided to go out for the soccer team. At the first tryout, the coach pointed to a spot and said, "anyone who has played soccer before, go over here." He then pointed to another spot and said, "anyone who has NOT played soccer before, go over here." Sweeten, who had never played soccer before, figured that the players who had never played soccer before would get cut immediately. So he went with the group that HAD played before.)

Mr. Sweeten's biggest contributions came after his playing days ended -- and they lasted for many, many years.

After receiving his degree in 1937, Mr. Sweeten became an alumni field worker with the University's Bicentennial Campaign. Upon its culmination, he was appointed as Assistant Director, and later Director, of the University's Placement Service. Between 1956 and 1965, he was Penn's Director of Development, and afterward served as Vice President for Development and Public Relations until 1976.

With the start of the Program for the Eighties, Mr. Sweeten was given the position of Senior Vice President for Development and Public Relations, which he held until his retirement in 1981.

Mr. Sweeten has served as President of the Class of 1937 every year since his matriculation, except during his junior year. In 1985, he was the first recipient of the Fundraising Executive of the Year Award, given by the National Society of Fundraising Executives, Delaware Valley Chapter. He is a member of Penn's General Alumni Society Board and the Organized Classes Board. He has given many small gifts to the University over the course of his lifetime. In 1987, Mr. Sweeten became a Benjamin Franklin Society (BFS) Fellow for his 50th reunion.

On the occasion of his retirement, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania dedicated the E. Craig Sweeten Alumni Center in his honor, and awarded Mr. Sweeten the Alumni Award of Merit for his professional accomplishments and his many years of service to the University.