The University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League university located in Philadelphia, competes in 16 men’s varsity sports and 15 women’s varsity sports as the Penn Quakers. The school colors are blue and red, and the fight song of the Quakers is “Fight on, Pennsylvania!” The Quakers football team has a rich tradition dating all the way back to 1876, including at least six national championships (1894, 1895, 1897, 1904, 1908, and 1924, as well as a disputed claim to the 1907 title). In fact, the Quakers hold the NCAA record for the most total college football games played. Now competing in the Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly known as Division 1-AA, they play their home games at Franklin Field, the oldest football stadium in the country. Among the most famous football Quakers are Chuck Bednarik (NFL Hall of Famer), Bert Bell (NFL commissioner), John Heisman (of whom the Heisman Trophy is named), and John H. Outland (of whom the Outland Trophy is named).
The NCAA Division 1 Quakers basketball team, which plays at the Palestra, is the 15th winningest men’s college basketball program in the nation. Since becoming a member of the Ivy League Conference in 1956, the Quakers have won 25 Ivy League titles. Each season they play their final game against their biggest Ivy League rival Princeton. The team reached the Final Four in 1979. Eleven Quakers have gone on to play in the NBA, including three first-round draft choices.
The Quakers compete in many other sports, including crew, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, wrestling, and more. Quaker women’s sports teams include basketball, crew, squash, tennis, and many others. The Quakers have won three NCAA national championships in men’s fencing, in 1953, 1969, and 1981, and an NCAA national championship in women’s fencing, in 1986.