PHILADELPHIA - The Penn Champions Club has announced the winners of two fundraising awards for fiscal year 2016. The awards were handed out at the Athletics Board of Overseers Meeting held over Homecoming Weekend on October 29, 2016.
The Sport Board of the Year, awarded annually to the Sport Board that exhibits outstanding dedication, leadership, and commitment towards the success of their sport, was presented to the Penn Squash Sport Board.
The H. Hunter Lott, Jr. Award, awarded in recognition of continued service, dedication, and support of the University of Pennsylvania and its Athletic Department, was awarded to John A. Chatzky, C’78, a member of the Penn Rowing Sports Board.
Sport Board of the Year – Squash Sports Board
J. Douglas Kramer, W’92, Penn Squash Board Chair, accepted the award on behalf of the Penn Squash Sport Board.
The alumni, parents, and friends that comprise the Penn Squash Sport Board continually exceed Squash’s annual fundraising goal, ensuring that the men’s and women’s squash teams are well positioned to compete at the highest levels of competition, both in the Ivy League and on a national scale. The Squash program raised $209K for the Squash Varsity Fund in fiscal year 2016, more than double their annual fund goal. Annual gifts to the Squash Varsity Fund provide operational support for the squash program such as travel, equipment, uniforms and meals for Penn student-athletes.
In addition to their fundraising success, the Squash Board is actively involved in coordinating alumni events for Squash, and encouraging their peers to stay engaged and give back to the program.
"The Penn Squash Board is honored to have been chosen Sport Board of the Year,” said Kramer. “We are very proud to support our exceptional student athletes and dedicated coaches. The Squash Board, alumni, and parents are excited about the upcoming 2016-17 season and wish our athletes continued success."
H. Hunter Lott, Jr. Award – John A. Chatzky, C’78 (Rowing)
Since leaving campus in 1978, Mr. Chatzky has been a champion for Rowing and is committed to supporting today’s rowing athletes.
In addition to making his own generous commitment to Penn Rowing by initiating the Penn Rowing Varsity Fund Challenge, a matching gift challenge launched at the end of fiscal year 2016 matching annual fund gifts to Penn Rowing up to $100,000, Mr. Chatzky dedicated much of his time and resources to helping the rowing programs strive to reach the fiscal year 2016 annual fund goal. At the end of the fiscal year, Rowing had reached highs in fundraised dollars for the Rowing Varsity Fund, and reached a high of 714 donors to the program. Mr. Chatzky’s efforts to mobilize the entire rowing community – from directly reaching out to peers through emails, calls, and mailings, to his personal challenge to fellow alumni to help make a difference – all were instrumental in achieving these successes.
John Chatzky said of receiving the H. Hunter Lott, Jr. Award, “I am humbled by this honor from the Athletics Board of Overseers and Penn Champions Club. Penn Rowing has been such an important part of my life and it brings me great joy to do my part in helping to advance our teams. I look forward to seeing the accomplishments of this year’s crews under the leadership of head coaches Geoff Bond, Colin Farrell and Wes Ng.”
At Penn, Mr. Chatzky was a coxswain of the Heavyweight Crew from 1975-1978. In 1977, John was selected for his first National Team and was named captain of the Penn crew in 1977 and 1978. He was selected as a member of the U.S. Olympic team for the Summer Games in Moscow in 1980.