PHILADELPHIA – The inaugural Quaker Cup competition has concluded for the 2015-16 academic year, and Penn Athletics would like to congratulate the field hockey team as this year’s winning program!
Field hockey racked up 893 points over the course of the year to gain the first Cup. Women’s lacrosse was second, with 767.76 points, while softball was third (644.17) and women’s soccer was fourth (610.93). Cross country was tops among the men’s programs and fifth overall with 595.24 points, just edging out football (sixth overall) which finished with 594.76 points.
Through this friendly competition, Penn Athletics hopes that the Quaker Cup instills pride and fosters camaraderie among its teams and throughout the department. The Cup is given to the team that exemplifies and embraces the initiatives of the Student-Athlete Development Program. Penn’s intercollegiate varsity athletic programs compete against each other for the award.
Both teams and individuals could earn points for their teams over the course of the year. The Quaker Cup is designed to encompass student-athletes supporting other student-athletes; excelling in and out of the classroom; attending workshops; volunteering; motivating each other; and creating pride throughout Penn’s campus. The categories in which programs can earn points are Quaker Days, academic achievement, athletic achievement, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) attendance, SAAC-sponsored events, student-athlete development events, community service, and Penn Champions Club.
“Field hockey did a great job participating in every facet of the competition,” said Sherryta Freeman, who came to Penn Athletics as its first Senior Associate AD for Student Development last summer. “If there were opportunities to volunteer, you could count on them to be there. Overall, I think the entire department benefited from the Quaker Cup. The experience of supporting your fellow student-athletes was something we wanted to promote, first and foremost, and our student-athletes really embraced the idea. We are planning to make a few tweaks for next year, but I expect that the Quaker Cup competition will continue for the foreseeable future.”
“The Quaker Cup is a great way to encourage competitive teams to do more,” said Penn’s head field hockey coach, Colleen Fink. “We have great pride in our program, and the Quaker Cup provided an opportunity to show our athletics community that our pride extends beyond Ellen Vagelos Field. We talk often to our players about about having it all and aiming big, and I think the Quaker Cup embodies that these young women give back, support their fellow athletes, and believe in far-reaching goals.”