Varsity Athletics

The Phi Phi Chapter has a proud tradition of excellence in varsity athletics. Any visitor to Penn’s famous Smokey Joe’s can find the bar lined with photos of Phi Phis from all eras proudly wearing the Quaker uniform.

Phi Phi has a proud tradition of being the home for many of Penn’s greatest student athletes. From great alumni like All-American football center H. Samuel Greenawalt ’51 to rising-junior and All-American lacrosse midfielder Samuel Handley ’22, Phi Phi is more than proud of all of our brothers who have played for the Red and Blue.

Presently, Phi Phi is proud to have over 20 brothers on Penn’s football team, two brothers on the lacrosse team, two brothers on the track and field team, a brother on the baseball team, a brother on the golf team, and a brother on the fencing team.

Marc Minichello ’22 competed for the United States at the Under-20 Pan-American Championships in Costa Rica in 2019

Many of our brothers excel on the field. Graduating-senior Gregory Begnoche ’20 won a place on the All-Ivy First-Team. Rising-junior Marc Minichello ’20 was a 2019 All-American Honorable Mention in javelin as a freshman. As previously mentioned, rising-junior Samuel Handley ’22 was a First-Team All-American as a freshman.

They not only lead on the field, but many of our student-athlete brothers are also great leaders in our chapter. Gavin Geib ’21, a member of the Penn football team, is the former Consul (President) of the chapter. Caleb Blackburn ’22, a member of the golf team, and Kyle Cronk ’21, an outfielder on the baseball team, are both on the Executive Board of the fraternity. Furthermore, our two chapter advisors, Daniel Gautieri ’15 and Russell Rhoads ’18, are both former members of the Penn baseball team.

Sigma Chi mainstays Abe Willows ’20, Drew Brennan ’20, Brendan O’Hara ’20, Matt Norton, Ace Escobedo ’20, Greg Begnoche ’20, and Jeff Gibbs ’20

“What you do in life by yourself doesn’t mean as much as what you accomplish with a group of people. Sigma Chi was one of the greatest things that happened to me. I really appreciate what it has done for me in my lifetime, and I hope I can continue to give something back.”

Mike Ditka, Pittsburgh 1961