PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Athletics and Macquarie Investment Management recognized student athletes Edie Noor Graber, a member of Penn’s women’s gymnastics team, and Tom Stevens, a member of the men’s lacrosse team, as the Winter 2020 Community Champions for their efforts in supporting the local Philadelphia community. Program participants from each of the associated community programs were also recognized. Girls Inc. participant, McKenzie Russell, was recognized alongside Graber and Young Quaker, Mamadou Sow, was recognized alongside Stevens. The mentor-mentee pairs were honored in an on-court presentation during the men's basketball game against Harvard on Jan. 31, 2020. Brett Wright, head of Client Solutions Group, Americas, for Macquarie Asset Management, and Dr. Grace Calhoun, Penn’s director of athletics, presented the awards.
As part of the Macquarie-Penn Athletics partnership, Macquarie and Penn Athletics launched the Community Champion distinction last year to recognize student athletes who have exemplified deep commitment to their community through their involvement in Penn Athletics’ civic programs, including Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA), Beat the Streets Philadelphia (BTSP), and Classroom Champions.
“Our long-standing commitment to supporting the Philadelphia community has been a core value of our firm since 1929, when our mutual fund business was founded here in the city,” said Shawn Lytle, global head of Macquarie Investment Management and president of Delaware Funds® by Macquarie. “Macquarie is proud to sponsor Penn Athletics and recognize talented young men and women like Edie and Tom for their efforts in supporting marquee organizations like Girls Inc. and Young Quakers.”
“‘Community matters’ is one of the five core values of Penn Athletics, so it is appropriate to partner with our friends at Macquarie to recognize Edie and Tom,” said Calhoun. “Ivy League student athletes have significant academic and athletic time demands as part of their unrivaled experience, which makes Edie and Tom’s commitment to their community even more impressive.”
Graber, a sophomore, coaches rising gymnasts in Philadelphia’s chapter of Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and inspiring girls and young women. She has long had a passion for mentoring young children and was eager to continue her philanthropic efforts in conjunction with Penn Gymnastics. Edie’s mentee, McKenzie Russell, has been involved in Girls Inc. Discovery for two years and always brings her positivity to the gymnastics room and during literacy activities.
Stevens, a senior, mentors and helps train up-and-coming lacrosse athletes in the YQCA program. This collaboration between the Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Penn Athletics creates partnerships between Penn Athletics teams and West Philadelphia public schools to promote mentorship on and off the field. Stevens has been involved in the organization since his freshman year and currently serves as Big Quaker Captain, a role in which he coordinates practices, setup, and transportation for the program. Stevens’ mentee, Mamadou Sow, has been involved in the Young Quakers program for two seasons and has also emerged as a leader amongst his peers.
Macquarie Investment Management is a premier sponsor of the YQCA program and has raised more than $250,000 for Girls Inc. over the last two years.
About Macquarie Investment Management
Macquarie Investment Management is a global asset manager with offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As active managers, we prioritize autonomy and accountability at the team level in pursuit of opportunities that matter for clients. Our conviction-based, long-term approach has led institutional and individual clients to entrust us to manage more than $US258.7 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2019. In the United States, retail investors recognize our Delaware Funds by Macquarie family of funds as one of the longest standing mutual fund families, with more than 80 years in existence. Macquarie Investment Management is a division of Macquarie Asset Management, a global asset manager with more than $US412.1 billion in assets under management as of Dec. 31, 2019.
About Penn Athletics
The Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics is a broad-based division comprising 33 intercollegiate teams, 36 club sport teams, and expansive intramural sport and campus recreation programs, all taking place within 22 athletics and recreational facilities. The facilities are contained within a contiguous 24-acre footprint at the eastern end of campus, commonly thought to be one of the best athletics infrastructures among urban campuses, with assets such as Franklin Field, The Palestra, and Penn Park. The Penn Relays, the oldest and largest track competition held in the US, attracts more than 100,000 spectators and nearly 20,000 competitors each spring.