Shared Interests Keep Brothers Together

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Squash has long been a personal interest to numerous members of the Sigma and many have played for Penn as well.  Some of these individuals continue to play, which recently led to a chance encounter between two alumni and the current Phi.  Carter Caldwell ’99 and current Phi, Sam Gerson ’17, joined up for a match in July at the Racquet Club in Philadelphia and happened to notice that fellow Sigma alum, Brian Roberts ‘81, was playing on the adjacent doubles court.  This formed the foundation for a lot of enjoyable conversations between games.

At the Racquet Club of Philadelphia in July, were current Phi, Samuel Gerson ’17, Brian Roberts ’81, and Carter Caldwell ’99. Current Board Member Chris Rice ’76 and Sandy Groff ’76 teamed up to play doubles in the nationally recognized William White squash tournament. 


Squash has also kept fellow alums Chris Rice ’76 and Sandy Groff ’76 in touch as they teamed up to play doubles in the nationally recognized William White squash tournament at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA.  Playing in the tournament also brought Eddie Scott ’77 out to support Chris and Sandy as they moved through the tournament rounds.

The Sigma can be proud of its history of extremely high caliber squash players who played for Penn, such as first-team All-Ivy and All-American Brian Roberts '81, who earned a gold medal with the U.S. squash team in 2005 and silver medals at the 1981, 1985, 1997 and 2009 at the Maccabiah Games, as well as four-time first-team All-Ivy and Penn Hall of Fame member David Proctor ’87, and first-team All-Ivy Matt Panarese ’83

This history also includes current Alumni Association President, Carter Caldwell '99, former Alumni Association President Mac Butcher ’89, current Board Members David Sims ‘76, and Chris Rice ’76,as well as Stewart Ballard ’89, Panos Biazzos ’90, Saquib Shirazi ’91, Donald Ambrose ’86, Kyle O’Brien ’86, Rob Swanwick ’95, Edan Cho Park ’86, Hugh Edgar Olby ’90, Roger Jones ’81 and Sandy Groff ’76.  The tradition continues with current active Phi, Samuel Gerson and Benton Turner ‘17.

This highlights the fact that shared interests keep brothers together not only while in school, but also for years afterwards. Have you met up with any brothers lately? Let us know what you have been up to here.