Philadelphia, PA – On Tuesday, November 27, 2018 the Penn Champions Club launched the third annual Red and Blue Challenge, a department-wide giving competition with the goal of raising awareness and increasing support for Penn Athletics annual funds. During the 24-hour fundraising challenge, all Penn Athletics alumni, family, athletes and friends were invited to participate and support their team(s) by making a donation to the athletic program(s) of their choice.  In addition to its 33 varsity sports programs, Penn Athletics raised money for Sport Clubs, the Penn Band, and Penn Cheerleading.

Gifts made during the Red and Blue Challenge could have an even greater impact, thanks to bonus funds awarded to each winning teams’ annual fund in multiple donor-driven challenge categories. For varsity programs, the four challenge categories included: most donors (by fund); most dollars raised; highest alumni participation percentage; and highest young alumni participation (0-10 years from graduation). For Sport Clubs, the team with the most donors won bonus funds.

By encouraging a friendly intra-department competition among teams while cultivating a sense of unity in support of Penn student-athletes, the Quakers’ core value of ‘Community Matters’ was on full display. At the conclusion of the Red and Blue Challenge, donations totaled more than $600,000 across Penn’s 33 varsity sports, band and cheer, and sport club programs from over 1,800 gifts. This surpassed the previous Penn Champions Club record on Giving Tuesday set in 2017, where 313 donors raised $260,000 in the 24-hour period. In addition, seven winning programs claimed bonus funds towards their teams’ annual fund: Band, Baseball, Gymnastics, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Squash, and Club Women’s Ultimate Frisbee.

"The Red and Blue Challenge was a remarkable demonstration of the generous and competitive spirit of the entire Penn Athletics community” notes Senior Associate Athletic Director, Development and Alumni Relations, Tim Folan. “Our goal for this giving challenge was to raise awareness for the importance of sustaining and supporting Penn Athletics annual funds. The success of the Challenge proves how truly extraordinary Penn Athletics alumni and supporters are in uniting under a common cause in support of our student-athletes, and how Quakers around the world are unified by the Red and Blue.” 

Annual fundraising is essential to the current and long-term success of Penn’s nearly 1,000 student-athletes across its intercollegiate varsity sports and other programs. All gifts made during the Red and Blue Challenge will have a direct impact on Penn student-athletes as they aim to excel in the classroom, in the community and in competition.

Missed Giving Tuesday but still want to support Penn Athletics during the 2018 calendar year? Please contact the Penn Champions Club at 215-898-4717, or to make a gift online in support of Penn student-athletes, visit www.pennathetics.com/supportathletics.