Penn student-athletes got a visit from a very special person today … Penn Class of 2012 alumna and Olympic Volleyball Gold Medalist Annie Drews! Students got to meet her, ask questions, hold the Gold Medal, deliver Kingsmen spirit wear and even take selfies with Annie! Click to see the photo gallery below.
Annie, in town to visit her family and to plan her wedding, stopped by her alma mater to talk with, provide some words of wisdom and inspire current Penn student-athletes.
Fresh off her return from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Annie met with three groups of students on Friday morning (August 27, 2021):
- Q&A with the Penn Volleyball Team
- Q&A with the Penn Student-Athlete Leadership Council. Annie talked about Servant Leadership, teamwork, being there for your team and teammates, selfless commitment to your team, the value of leadership to a team's success, and her faith.
- Q&A with Penn female student-athletes. Annie discussed the empowerment of female athletes, finding your voice, the value of sisterhood, and important takeaways from athletics.
On-hand for Annie’s visit with students was her former Penn Volleyball Coach. Annie is from Elkhart and started at Elkhart Central High School, but then transferred to Penn and helped the team win two 4A state championships in both 2010 and 2011. Annie graduated from Penn and went on to play for Purdue making Team USA in 2017. Annie is Indiana’s first-ever Olympic volleyball player! Annie lives and trains in Southern California and plays Pro Volleyball in Japan. Read Annie’s full athletic bio on the USA Volleyball website.
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