Slidell is a city on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain in St. Tammany Parish, United States; the population was 27,068 at the 2010 census. Greater Slidell has a population of about 90,000, it is part of the New Orleans−Metairie−Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. One of the earlier settlers to the area was Foster Willie. Along with a younger brother, Wesley Coke Asbury Gause, Judge Wingate, several others, he left Shallotte, North Carolina, on February 18, arrived at Pearlington, Mississippi, on April 14, 1836. Wesley and his family remained there, while John and family crossed the Pearl River and built a log cabin on the west bank, a little further south, he began a lumber mill in the fledgling town known as Slidell. His traveling back and forth from lumber yard to home created a road known today as Gause Boulevard, a major east/west street in the town; the lumber yard was. The log cabin was built just a few yards from the river; the house stood until the late 1990s, a small family burial plot still remains where John is buried between his two wives, Lydia Russ and Johanna Frederica VanHeemskerk.
Slidell was founded on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in 1882 and 1883 during construction of the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad. The N. O. N. E. Line connected New Orleans to Mississippi; the town was named in honor of American politician and Confederate ambassador to France John Slidell, father-in-law of real estate developer Baron Frederic Emile d'Erlanger, chartered by the Louisiana State Legislature in 1888. Around 1910, Slidell began a period of industrial growth. A large creosote plant was built, Slidell became home to the Fritz Salmen Brickyard, a major producer of bricks named St. Joe Brick. A lumber mill and shipyard were built. Following the construction of Interstate 10, Interstate 59, Interstate 12, Slidell became a major crossroads for those traversing the Gulf States. In 1915, the creosote plant burned to the ground, killing 3 firefighters; the plant was rebuilt on Bayou Lane, closer to a fire station. Creosote polluted the bayou, a source of drinking water for many of Slidell's residents.
The creosote plant became an EPA Superfund site. The canal was dredged and waste incinerated until completion of the cleanup in 1996. At that time a boat launch was built and Heritage Park was constructed on the former site. With the advent of the U. S. space program in the 1960s, NASA opened the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the John C. Stennis Space Center in nearby Bay St. Louis, a NASA computer center on Gause Boulevard; this nearly tripled Slidell's population over ten years, the city became a major suburb of New Orleans. The National Weather Service forecast office for the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area is in Slidell. Slidell is the headquarters of Vesco Tennis Courts, a held firm specializing in construction of hard surfaces for outdoor sports facilities; the city hosts. In 2005, Slidell suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina, as the storm made final landfall on the morning of August 29; the municipal area is about 2 miles inland, parts of the city experienced a storm surge in excess of 10 feet.
The unincorporated areas of St. Tammany Parish, to the south and east called Slidell, experienced a storm surge of 13 to 16 feet. Slidell has an elevation of 13 feet, it is in southeastern St. Tammany Parish, located 3 miles north of Lake Pontchartrain. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.2 square miles, of which 14.8 square miles is land and 0.35 square miles, or 2.39%, is water. Slidell has a humid subtropical climate, with short mild winters and hot, humid summers. Precipitation in winter accompanies the passage of a cold front. Hurricanes pose a threat to the area, the city is vulnerable because of its low elevation. According to the 2010 US Census, 27,068 people, 10,050 households, 7,145 families. Live in the city; the racial makeup of the city was 76.0% White, 17.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 2.7% from other races, 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 6.3% of the population.
Of the 10,050 households, 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.9% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.13. In the city, the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 19, 6% from 20 to 24, 26% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, 14% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.1 males. There were 11,155 housing units, of which 7,226 were owner-occupied, 2,824 were renter-occupied; the homeowner vacancy rate was 3.6%. 19,170 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 7,583 people lived in renter-occupied housing units. As of the census of 2000, there were 25,695 people, 9,480 households, 7,157 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,178.5 people per square mile.
There were 10,133 housing units at an aver
College Park, Maryland
The City of College Park is in Prince George's County, United States, is about 4 miles from the northeast border of Washington, D. C; the population was 30,413 at the 2010 United States Census. It is best known as the home of the University of Maryland, College Park, since 1994 the city has been home to the National Archives at College Park, a facility of the U. S. National Archives, as well as to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Weather and Climate Prediction. College Park was developed beginning in 1889 near the Maryland Agricultural College and the College Station stop of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad; the suburb was incorporated in 1945 and included the subdivisions of College Park, Berwyn, Oak Spring, Daniel's Park, Hollywood. The original College Park subdivision was first plotted in 1872 by Eugene Campbell; the area remained undeveloped and was re-platted in 1889 by John O. Johnson and Samuel Curriden, Washington real estate developers; the original 125-acre tract was divided into a grid-street pattern with long, narrow building lots, with a standard lot size of 50 feet by 200 feet.
College Park developed catering to those who were seeking to escape the crowded Washington, D. C. as well as to a expanding staff of college faculty and employees. College Park included single-family residences constructed in the Shingle, Queen Anne, Stick styles, as well as modest vernacular dwellings. Commercial development increased in the 1920s, aided by the increased automobile traffic and the growing campus along Baltimore Avenue / Route 1. By the late 1930s, most of the original subdivision had been developed. Several fraternities and sororities from the University of Maryland built houses in the neighborhood. After World War II, construction consisted of infill of ranch and split-level houses. After incorporation in 1945, the city continued to grow, a municipal center was built in 1959; the Lakeland neighborhood was developed beginning in 1892 around the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, whose Branchville and Calvert Road depots were located one mile to the north and south, respectively. Lakeland was created by Edwin Newman, who improved the original 238 acres located to the west of the railroad.
He built a number of the original homes, a small town hall, a general store. The area was envisioned as a resort-type community. However, due to the flood-prone, low-lying topography, the neighborhood attracted a lower-income population and became an area for African-American settlement. Around 1900, the Baltimore Gold Fish Company built five artificial lakes in the area to spawn goldfish and rare species of fish. A one-room school was built in 1903 for the African-American population; the Berwyn neighborhood was developed beginning about 1885 adjacent to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. It was created by Francis Shannabrook, a Pennsylvanian who purchased a tract of land between Baltimore Avenue and the railroad tracks. Shannabrook established a small depot, built a general store, erected 15 homes in the area to attract moderate-income families looking to move out of Washington; the neighborhood began to grow after 1900 when the City and Suburban Electric Railway entered the area. By 1925 100 single-family homes existed two-story, wood-frame buildings.
The community housing continued to develop in the 1930s and 1940s with one story bungalows, Cape Cods, Victorians and raised ranches and split level homes. The Daniels Park neighborhood was developed beginning in 1905 on the east and west sides of the City and Suburban Electric Railway in north College Park. Daniels Park was created by Edward Daniels on 47 acres of land; this small residential subdivision was improved with single-family houses arranged along a grid pattern of streets. The houses—built between 1905 and the 1930s—range in style from American Foursquares to bungalows; the Hollywood neighborhood was developed in the early 20th century along the City and Suburban Electric Railway. Edward Daniels, the developer of Daniels Park, planned the Hollywood subdivision as a northern extension of that earlier community. Development in Hollywood was slow until after World War II when Albert Turner acquired large tracts of the northern part of the neighborhood in the late 1940s. Turner was able to develop and market brick and frame three-bedroom bungalows beginning in 1950.
By 1952, an elementary school had been built. Hollywood Neighborhood Park, a 21-acre facility along the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line, is operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. In 1943, due to World War II efforts to conserve rail transport, the Washington Senators relocated their spring training camp in College Park; the location of 1943 Major League Baseball spring training camps was limited to an area east of the Mississippi River and north of the Ohio River. On September 24, 2001, a multiple-vortex F3 tornado hit the area; this storm moved at peak intensity through the University of Maryland College Park campus, moved north parallel to I-95 to the Laurel area, where F3 damage was noted. The damage path from the storm was measured at 17.5 miles in length. The tornado caused $101 million in property damage; the two deaths were sisters who died when their car was picked up and hurled over a building before being slammed to the ground. Both young women were University of Maryland students.
This tornado was part of the Maryland and Washington, D. C. tornado outbreak of 2001, one of the most dramatic recent tornado events to directly affe
The five basketball positions employed by organized basketball teams are the point guard, the shooting guard, the small forward, the power forward, the center. The point guard is the leader of the team on the court; this position requires substantial ball handling skills and the ability to facilitate the team during a play. The shooting guard, as the name implies, is the best shooter; as well as being capable of shooting from longer distances, this position tends to be the best defender on the team. The small forward has an aggressive approach to the basket when handling the ball; the small forward is known to make cuts to the basket in efforts to get open for shots. The power forward and the center are called the "frontcourt" acting as their team's primary rebounders or shot blockers, or receiving passes to take inside shots; the center is the larger of the two. Only three positions were recognized based on where they played on the court: Guards played outside and away from the hoop and forwards played outside and near the baseline, with the center positioned in the key.
During the 1980s, as team strategy evolved. More specialized roles developed. Team strategy and available personnel, still dictate the positions used by a particular team. For example, the dribble-drive motion offense and the Princeton offense use four interchangeable guards and one center; this set is known as a "four-in and one-out" play scheme. Other combinations are prevalent. Besides the five basic positions, some teams use non-standard or hybrid positions, such as the point forward, a hybrid small forward/point guard; the point guard known as the one, is the team's best ball handler and passer. Therefore, they lead their team in assists and are able to create shots for themselves and their teammates, they are quick and are able to hit shots either outside the three-point line or "in the paint" depending on the player's skill level. Point guards are looked upon as the "floor general" or the "coach on the floor", they should study the game and game film to be able to recognize the weaknesses of the defense, the strengths of their own offense.
They are responsible for directing plays, making the position equivalent to that of quarterback in American football, playmaker in association football, center in ice hockey, or setter in volleyball. Good point guards increase team efficiency and have a high number of assists, they are referred to as dribblers or play-makers. In the NBA, point guards are the shortest players on the team and are 6 feet 4 inches or shorter; the shooting guard is known as the two or the off guard. Along with the small forward, a shooting guard is referred to as a wing because of its use in common positioning tactics; as the name suggests, most shooting guards are prolific from the three-point range. Besides being able to shoot the ball, shooting guards tend to be the best defender on the team, as well as being able to move without the ball to create open looks for themselves; some shooting guards have good ball handling skills creating their own shots off the dribble. A versatile shooting guard will have good passing skills, allowing them to assume point guard responsibilities known as combo guards.
Bigger shooting guards tend to play as small forwards. In the NBA, shooting guards range from 6 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 8 inches; the small forward known as the three, is considered to be the most versatile of the main five basketball positions. Versatility is key for small forwards because of the nature of their role, which resembles that of a shooting guard more than that of a power forward; this is why the small forward and shooting guard positions are interchangeable and referred to as wings. Small forwards have a variety such as quickness and strength inside. One common thread among all kinds of small forwards is an ability to "get to the line" and draw fouls by aggressively attempting plays, lay-ups, or slam dunks; as such, accurate foul shooting is a common skill for small forwards, many of whom record a large portion of their points from the foul line. Besides being able to drive to the basket, they are good shooters from long range; some small forwards have good passing skills, allowing them to assume point guard responsibilities as point forwards.
Small forwards should be able to do a little bit of everything on the court playing roles such as swingmen and defensive specialists. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6 feet 6 inches to 6 feet 9 inches; the power forward known as the four plays a role similar to that of the center, down in the "post" or "low blocks". The power forward is the team's most versatile scorer, being able to score close to the basket while being able to shoot mid-range jump shots from 12 to 18 feet from the basket; some power forwards have become known as stretch fours, since extending their shooting range to three-pointers. On defense, they are required to have the strength to guard bigger players close to the basket and to have the athleticism to guard quick players away from the basket. Most power forwards tend to be more versatile than centers since they can be part of plays and are not always in the low block. In the
Philadelphia, sometimes known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U. S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the sixth-most populous U. S. city, with a 2017 census-estimated population of 1,580,863. Since 1854, the city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U. S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents as of 2017. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the greater Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within the Northeast megalopolis; the Delaware Valley's population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States. William Penn, an English Quaker, founded the city in 1682 to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 at the Second Continental Congress, the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787.
Several other key events occurred in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War including the First Continental Congress, the preservation of the Liberty Bell, the Battle of Germantown, the Siege of Fort Mifflin. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the revolution, served as temporary U. S. capital while Washington, D. C. was under construction. In the 19th century, Philadelphia became a railroad hub; the city grew from an influx of European immigrants, most of whom came from Ireland and Germany—the three largest reported ancestry groups in the city as of 2015. In the early 20th century, Philadelphia became a prime destination for African Americans during the Great Migration after the Civil War, as well as Puerto Ricans; the city's population doubled from one million to two million people between 1890 and 1950. The Philadelphia area's many universities and colleges make it a top study destination, as the city has evolved into an educational and economic hub. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Philadelphia area had a gross domestic product of US$445 billion in 2017, the eighth-largest metropolitan economy in the United States.
Philadelphia is the center of economic activity in Pennsylvania and is home to five Fortune 1000 companies. The Philadelphia skyline is expanding, with a market of 81,900 commercial properties in 2016, including several nationally prominent skyscrapers. Philadelphia has more outdoor murals than any other American city. Fairmount Park, when combined with the adjacent Wissahickon Valley Park in the same watershed, is one of the largest contiguous urban park areas in the United States; the city is known for its arts, culture and colonial history, attracting 42 million domestic tourists in 2016 who spent US$6.8 billion, generating an estimated $11 billion in total economic impact in the city and surrounding four counties of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia has emerged as a biotechnology hub. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps, is the home of many U. S. firsts, including the first library, medical school, national capital, stock exchange and business school. Philadelphia contains 67 National Historic Landmarks and the World Heritage Site of Independence Hall.
The city became a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in 2015, as the first World Heritage City in the United States. Although Philadelphia is undergoing gentrification, the city maintains mitigation strategies to minimize displacement of homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods. Before Europeans arrived, the Philadelphia area was home to the Lenape Indians in the village of Shackamaxon; the Lenape are a Native American tribe and First Nations band government. They are called Delaware Indians, their historical territory was along the Delaware River watershed, western Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley. Most Lenape were pushed out of their Delaware homeland during the 18th century by expanding European colonies, exacerbated by losses from intertribal conflicts. Lenape communities were weakened by newly introduced diseases smallpox, violent conflict with Europeans. Iroquois people fought the Lenape. Surviving Lenape moved west into the upper Ohio River basin; the American Revolutionary War and United States' independence pushed them further west.
In the 1860s, the United States government sent most Lenape remaining in the eastern United States to the Indian Territory under the Indian removal policy. In the 21st century, most Lenape reside in Oklahoma, with some communities living in Wisconsin, in their traditional homelands. Europeans came to the Delaware Valley in the early 17th century, with the first settlements founded by the Dutch, who in 1623 built Fort Nassau on the Delaware River opposite the Schuylkill River in what is now Brooklawn, New Jersey; the Dutch considered the entire Delaware River valley to be part of their New Netherland colony. In 1638, Swedish settlers led by renegade Dutch established the colony of New Sweden at Fort Christina and spread out in the valley. In 1644, New Sweden supported the Susquehannocks in their military defeat of the English colony of Maryland. In 1648, the Dutch built Fort Beversreede on the west bank of the Delaware, south of the Schuylkill near the present-day Eastwick neighborhood, to reassert their dominion over the area.
The Swedes responded by building Fort Nya Korsholm, or New Korsholm, named after a town in Finland with a Swedish majority. In 1655, a
Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania
Bensalem Township is a township in Bucks County, United States and borders the northeast section of Philadelphia. The township is composed of many communities, including Andalusia, Bridgewater, Cornwells Heights, Flushing, Siles and Trevose; as of the 2010 census, the township had a total population of 60,427, which makes it the largest municipality in Bucks County, the ninth largest in Pennsylvania. The township, founded in 1692, is as old as Pennsylvania itself, founded in 1682; the origin of the name Bensalem comes from references made by settler Joseph Growden, who named his estate Manor of Bensalem in honor of William Penn and the Semitic term for peace, Salem. It was named Salem; the area of Bensalem Township was distinct by 1682 as it appears on the Holme Map, thought not yet with a name. By 2 January 1685, the boundary was fixed between Bensalem and Philadelphia County along the Poquessing Creek. At the September session in 1692 of the Court of Bucks County, a jury of thirteen men was formed to define boundaries of divisions, created up to that time.
The report submitted in December states that "All the lands between Neshamineh and Poquessin, so to the upper side of Joseph Growden's land in one and to be called'Salem.'" It thus appears that the first name of the township was'Salem'. The minutes of the Board of Property of the Province on 19 November 1701 at Philadelphia noted the name of the area as'Bensalem'; the population of the area was first a few Dutch and Swedes later a larger influx of English, additional Dutch settled the area. Bensalem is the southernmost township in Bucks County and is bordered by Philadelphia to the west and south and the rest of Bristol Township to the east and northeast and Middletown Township to the north, Feasterville and Oakford in Lower Southampton Township to the northwest. Across the Delaware River in Burlington County, New Jersey to the southeast, there are Beverly, Delanco Township, Edgewater Park Township. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 21.0 square miles, of which, 20.0 square miles of it is land and 1.0 square mile of it is water.
The Fall Line, which separates the Atlantic Coastal Plain region from the Piedmont region, runs through Bensalem, is visible around the Neshaminy Mall area. The Neshaminy Creek forms the natural eastern boundary and Poquessing Creek forms the natural western boundary of the township. Natural features include Barnsleys Ford, Mill Creek, Neshaminy Creek, Neshaminy Falls, Partridge Point, Poquessing Creek, White Sheet Bay; as of the 2010 census, the township was 72.1% Non-Hispanic White, 7.3% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 10.2% Asian, 2.6% of the population were of two or more races. 8.4% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. As of the census of 2000, there were 58,434 people, 22,627 households, 15,114 families residing in the township; the population density was 2,926.7 people per square mile. There were 23,535 housing units at an average density of 1,178.8/sq mi. There are 22,627 households, of which 30.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.2% were non-families.
26.3% of all households were made up of individuals, 7.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.14. In the township the population was spread out, with 23.1% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.0 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 96.9 men. The median income for a household in the township was $49,737, the median income for a family was $58,771. Men had a median income of $39,914 versus $30,926 for women; the per capita income for the township was $22,517. 7.4% of the population and 6.0% of families were below the poverty line. Of the total population, 6.8% of those under the age of 18 and 10.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Bensalem has a significant Jewish community, with the following institutions; the Bensalem Jewish Outreach Center, an Orthodox Judaism outreach institution with associated synagogue Kehillas B'nai Shalom.
Congregation Tifereth Israel, a Conservative synagogue. Bensalem is home to a 1-mile thoroughbred horse racing track and casino; this facility opened in November 1974 as Keystone Racetrack. The name was changed to Philadelphia Park in 1984; the track became notable as the original home of 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes champion Smarty Jones, who placed second in the Belmont Stakes, narrowly missing the Triple Crown. In 2006, a slots parlor casino opened at Philadelphia Park and the facility was renamed to Philadelphia Park Racetrack and Casino. A permanent standalone casino structure was renamed Parx Casino; the facility boasts 260,000 square feet including gaming, dining and banquet space. Parx Casino contains the Xcite Center, which hosts concerts, entertainment performances, comedy acts, boxing and MMA matches; the Mission Center and National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel is located on Bristol Pike in Bensalem; the shrine houses the remains of Katharine Drexel, born in 1858 to a wealthy Philadelphia family.
As a young woman Saint Katharine turned her back on a life of privilege to serve the poor, focusing on Nativ
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated in NCAA Division I, consisting of eleven schools coming from three states of the northeastern United States: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York. The members are all small private institutions, many of them Catholic or Catholic, the only exceptions being three private but secular institutions: Rider University and the conference's two newest members and Quinnipiac Universities; the conference headquarters is located in New Jersey. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference sponsors 22 sports and has many associate member institutions. Richard J. Ensor is the commissioner of the MAAC, a post he has held since 1988; the conference was founded in 1980 by six charter members: the U. S. Military Academy, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Saint Peter's College. Competition began the next year, in the sports of men’s cross-country and men’s soccer. Competition in men's and women's basketball began in the 1981-1982 season.
In 1984, the MAAC received an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where Iona was the first team to represent the MAAC on the men's side. In 1982, Saint Peter's was the first women's basketball team to represent the MAAC in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament; the conference possesses 15 automatic bids to NCAA Championships. In 2012–13, the MAAC became eligible for its 15th NCAA Championship when Women's Rowing fulfilled qualifying requirements; the league added football in 1993. From 1997 to 2003, the MAAC sponsored ice hockey. At that time, the hockey league changed its name to Atlantic Hockey. In 1997, Marist College and Rider University moved the majority of their intercollegiate athletic programs to the MAAC with the intent the MAAC would enhance media exposure and competition to their men's and women's Division I basketball programs. In September 2011, the conference announced the launch of MAAC. TV, the league's first broadband network. In March 2012, for the first time in 16 years, the MAAC had two teams advance to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, with Loyola earning the league's automatic bid and Iona garnering an at-large bid.
In July 2013 Quinnipiac University and Monmouth University joined the MAAC to replace Loyola University Maryland, which departed to join the Patriot League. In 2013 the MAAC announced that it would add field hockey as its 25th sport with league play beginning in the 2013-14 academic year. However, field hockey will no longer be a conference sport after the 2018–19 academic year. Over the conference's history MAAC teams have achieved national and international acclaim in many sports. In the summer of 2002 the Marist men's varsity eight boat advanced to the semifinals of the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In 2007, the Marist women's basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship; the Red Foxes have recorded five NCAA wins since their run in 2007. In the fall of 2011, the Iona men's cross country team finished tied for ninth place at the NCAA Championship race, extended the Gaels' streak to 10 straight Top 10 national finishes. In basketball MAAC teams have made a total of 80 NIT appearances and 50 NCAA basketball tournament appearances.
Notable MAAC student athletes include Mary Beth Riley, a 1991 graduate of Canisius, the first recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and Erin Whalen, a member of the Iona women's rowing team, who in the fall of 1998, was awarded one of the nation's 32 Rhodes Scholarships for academic achievement and civic leadership. The MAAC has 11 member institutions. With the MAAC dropping field hockey as a sponsored sport after the 2018 season, combined with the sport's reinstatement by the NEC, all three current associate members in that sport will move their teams to their full-time home of the NEC. However, of the three, only Sacred Heart will leave the MAAC. Bryant will remain a MAAC member in men's diving. LIU Brooklyn, which will be merged into a new unified LIU athletic program in 2019, will add women's water polo in 2019–20 and place that sport in the MAAC. For former associates in men's ice hockey, see Atlantic HockeyNotes - Robert Morris remains an affiliate in women's rowing. - Rider is now a full member of the MAAC.
- Jacksonville remains an affiliate in women's rowing. - Marist is now a full member of the MAAC. - Quinnipiac is now a full member of the MAAC. - Sacred Heart remains an affiliate in field hockey. - VMI remains an affiliate in women's water polo. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference sponsors championship competition in ten men's and fourteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports; the conference sponsors a championship in men's rowing, not sanctioned by the NCAA. Notes Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which are played by MAAC schools: Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which are played by MAAC schools: Notes MAAC men's basketball conference tournament locations In 2012, inspired by one of their all around best players Sean Armand, which had lost in the semifinals of that year's MAAC tournament, received an NCAA at-large tournament bid; this was the second time. After St. Peter’s won the 1995 MAAC tournament, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament selection committee awarded Manhattan College an at large bid.
William Penn Charter School
William Penn Charter School is an independent school in Philadelphia, founded in 1689 at the urging of William Penn as the "Public Grammar School" and chartered in 1689 to be operated by the "Overseers of the public School, founded by Charter in the town & County of Philadelphia" in Pennsylvania. It is the oldest Quaker school in the world, the oldest elementary school in Pennsylvania, the fifth oldest elementary school in the United States following The Collegiate School, Boston Latin School, Hartford Public High School, Roxbury Latin. Penn Charter is among the first schools in the United States to offer education to all religions, financial aid, matriculation to girls, education to all races; the "Charter" in the school's name does not, as might be assumed, mean that it is a modern "charter school". Rather, it is a reference to the historic document, signed by William Penn to establish the first Quaker school in America. Located on the east side of Fourth Street below Chestnut, the school consolidated in 1874 as an all-boys college preparatory school at 12th and Market Streets.
Penn Charter moved to its current forty-seven acre East Falls campus in 1925. In 1980 the school became co-educational by allowing girls to continue past the second grade, thus graduating the first co-ed senior class in 1992. While the school is not under the care of a formal monthly Meeting, in keeping with the school's Quaker heritage, the Overseers, a board of 21 trustees established by William Penn, still governs the affairs of the school through Quaker consensus. Jeffrey Reinhold is the current clerk of the Overseers. All students attend a weekly Meeting for Worship. Faculty meetings and all-school assemblies and some classes begin with a moment of silence. Service learning is incorporated in the pre-K to 12 curriculum; the school's Center for Public Purpose engages students in service and community-based work by addressing some of the most pressing social issues in Philadelphia education, food insecurity and poverty. To earn an activity credit, many Upper School students complete 40 hours of community service a year.
Color Day, celebrated on the Friday before Memorial Day, is a tradition in which two teams sporting the school's colors and yellow, compete against each other in playful contests, concluding with a 12th grade rope pull. The school's Senior Stairs are a central stairway that only current seniors and alumni are permitted to use during school hours. A Penn Charter graduate is known as an "OPC." The honorific "OPC 1689" is bestowed by the Overseers upon significant faculty and staff in recognition of their service to Old Penn Charter. The school newspaper, "The Mirror", is the oldest secondary school student newspaper in the United States, having been published since 1777; the Upper School Quakers Dozen is the school's select co-ed a cappella group. During the last week of classes before the winter recess, the group greets the community in the morning with holiday music on the Senior Stairs. In the summer months the school runs a day camp for children. Penn Charter is a member of the Inter-Academic League, the nation's oldest high school sports league, shares the nation's oldest continuous football rivalry with Germantown Academy, celebrated every year since 1886 during PC-GA Day.
As of 2016 the game has been played 130 times, more times than the Army–Navy Game and just two fewer times than the Harvard–Yale Game. On the 47-acre campus, the three divisions of the school have their own designated buildings. John Flagg Gummere, scion of prominent Quaker educators, was headmaster from 1941 to 1968, he was a noted Latin scholar and author of several used textbooks. He was followed by Wilbert L. Braxton, a longtime dedicated Penn Charter faculty member and administrator. Braxton was headmaster from 1968 until 1976, he was followed Head of School Earl J. Ball III. After 31 years as head, Ball retired in June 2007. Darryl J. Ford, former director of the Penn Charter Middle School, was appointed as Head of School, by the Overseers after conducting a national search. Ford is the school's first African-American head; the ABC show The Goldbergs features a fictional school that the Goldberg children attend called William Penn Academy, based on William Penn Charter School. The creator of the show Adam F. Goldberg is an alumnus of William Penn Charter School, an OPC 1994.
The show features Germantown Academy as the chief rival of the school. The show features actual teachers and students who attended the school in the'80s and'90s. Schooled, a spin-off of The Goldbergs features the fictional William Penn Academy as the primary setting for the show. Penn Charter has notable alumni in the arts, sciences and business, including Rubén Amaro, Jr. David Sirota, Matt Ryan, Robert Picardo, Adam F. Goldberg, Leicester Bodine Holland, Richard B. Fisher, Richard Lester and Vic Seixas. Official website