Running a Program in the City

At Friends Select, we are able to enjoy the many benefits of running a program in the middle of Center City. Our cross country team may not run through the woods or across a rural campus everyday, but they get so much more. They run across the Ben Franklin Bridge, along the Schuylkill River on Kelly Drive, or even up the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Our field hockey teams play on a beautiful turf field on the roof, surrounded by the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and the Comcast Center. Skyscrapers and amazing energy surround the Falcons everyday on our campus.

Teams bond on bus rides to Fairmount Park for tennis and soccer practices. Student athletes continue to develop their time management and organizational skills in order to end class at 3:00 p.m. and be on the bus to practice within 15 minutes. They help each other and work together. We alter our schedules around Made in America concerts, the pope’s visit, and the Eagles Super Bowl parade. Our student athletes can walk down the street to participate in protests during the school day, and then return for a game later that afternoon. We love our place in the middle of it all.

The Falcons are ready for the 2018 season. The youth and positive energy on every team is exciting. The large number of players for every team is impressive. The growth of each program is obvious, and we all look forward to seeing what the future holds. Field hockey returns 10 out of 11 starters from last year’s team that won the Friends Schools League Quaker Cup. The girls’ tennis program will enjoy a boost of young talent to go with the returning veterans. The cross country and soccer teams are all larger than they have been in years. The competition on each team will push every player to reach their potential this fall. It really is an exciting time to be part of this athletics program in the city.