Men's Soccer Adds Tanner Falato to Program

Friends of Jaclyn Foundation

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team made an important addition to its roster on Monday, adding Tanner Falato to its lineup for 2015.

Falato, a Berlin, N.J. product, comes to the Quakers from Berlin Community School where he is a stand-out rising second-grader who excels in computers, art, and reading in addition to being first-team All-Berlin Community School in gym and recess.

“Tanner is exactly what we were looking for to round out our roster for 2015 and beyond,” said head coach Rudy Fuller. “He possesses every intangible a coach could ask for – grit, perseverance, and an ability to rally from unexpected circumstances. We could not be more excited to follow Tanner’s leadership this season and going forward as a group.”

Tanner was first brought to Penn Soccer’s attention through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation which strives to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhoodcancers and to raise awarenessfor those diseases.

Tanner was diagnosed with a Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma in December of 2013, and quickly had surgery to remove the tumor. However, a part of the growth leans against the brain stem and was unable to be removed at that time. Recently, scans have shown that the portion which remained had begun to grow, and Tanner is undergoing chemotherapy with the hope that the tumor will either go dormant or start to shrink to a point where it can be removed.

A fan of all of Philadelphia’s professional sports teams, Tanner considers the Flyers his favorite and predicts at least 20 goals for his favorite player – Wayne Simmonds – this season.

In his first press conference as a Quaker, Tanner alerted the assembled media and his teammates that Skylanders is his favorite video game and that one of his favorite characters in the video game is Eruptor. He also think the Eagles will be “good” in 2015 and that he is excited to return to school this fall to be able to play outside at recess with all of his friends.

Falato was joined at his press conference by his parents, Beth and Ralph, and his younger sister Caleigh. In addition, Denis Murphy, who found the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation when his daughter, Jaclyn, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2004 was in attendance to speak to the importance of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and what it means to the families and programs involved. Men’s Soccer is the fourth Penn Athletics program to partner

Tanner and the Quakers open their 2015 season on September 4 against Washington at Rhodes Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. You can watch live on the Ivy League Digital Network.