Academics + Athletics


Penn Charter football player in a dirty white uniform raises trophy above his head

Anthony McDevitt OPC ’03 can attest to how academics and athletics shape young people and prepare them for success in the classroom, on the field and in life. It worked for him at Penn Charter, at Duke University and now in his career in the world of finance. 

“I lead a group of 65 men and women who count on me as their leader,” said McDevitt, a partner and head of sales at New York-based Brownstone Investment Group. “Every day I draw on the training and characteristics that I learned in sports: listen, communicate, collaborate, take care of your mind and body, learn how to interact with others. Discipline.” 

McDevitt came to Penn Charter in ninth grade, a James Fox Memorial Scholarship recipient for whom, he said, “Penn Charter was an upgrade.” He found success in athletics, and he discovered himself as a student. McDevitt came to see academics and athletics as a plus equation. “What you learn in each, you bring to the other. The blend that Penn Charter creates with academics and athletics is second to none.” 

McDevitt began making gifts to the PC Annual Fund soon after he launched his career and has become a leadership donor during the last decade. “Plain and simple,” he explained, “Penn Charter changed the trajectory of my life.” 

He recently took another step, finalizing a $100,000 gift to Penn Charter’s new Graham Athletics and Wellness Center, a building which, he recognizes, is designed for every student and for the whole student — scholar and athlete. 

When the new building opens, the boys locker room will carry his name. He said he picked that space because, rather than favor one sport, he liked the idea that a locker room is “the place where every athlete spends time. I hope it shows my support for the entire athletic system at Penn Charter.” PC 


Photo Caption: Tony McDevitt played high school, collegiate and professional lacrosse, but football may have been his first love. Here he is on PC/GA Day 2002 with the Geis Trophy for MVP.