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Temple Ambler readies for Cherry and White Day revival

Photo by Zohrab Kazanjian
Arnold Menge of the Temple soccer team (left) and Roy Viehweger of the alumni team battle for the ball at the 1974 Cherry and White Day as Wiehweger’s teammates Tom Patterson (1) and Steven Groeber (4) move in to help.

It was a Temple tradition for decades.

In mid-April, Temple athletics alumni would don their school colors once more for competitions in the sports they excelled at while in school. Cherry and White Day was a time to relive past glory and return to the school where those triumphs were achieved. In the late ’90s, however, Cherry and White Day was discontinued … until now.

On Saturday, April 16, beginning at 10:30 a.m., the Temple tradition is making a comeback in a big way at the Ambler Campus.

“For the first time since 1999, Cherry and White Day is back. We’d like to invite everyone to come out for a day of family fun,” said Bill Bradshaw, director of intercollegiate athletics. “Enjoy alumni vs. alumni games, varsity team exhibitions, a Temple vs. Rhode Island baseball doubleheader on our new field, and the annual Cherry and White spring football intrasquad game.”

According to Assistant Athletics Director John Baum, “Cherry and White Day was a thriving event.”

“The vision this year is to bring back this tradition bigger and better than it’s ever been,” said Baum, an Owls basketball great in his own right. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for alums to reunite with the school and their classmates. It’s also a terrific way for families to catch the Temple spirit and enjoy a terrific day of sports. There will be tailgating and various alumni sports competitions.”

On April 16, the competitions will include alumni vs. alumni in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and men’s tennis.

“Cherry and White Day was previously held at the former Temple Stadium off of Cheltenham Avenue until it moved to the Main Campus about 10 years ago,” Baum said. “Ambler with its new facilities was the perfect spot for it this year.”

New soccer, baseball and softball fields were constructed at Ambler as part of a $4.5 million project last year — the teams played their first seasons on the new fields during the spring and fall seasons last year. A new Intercollegiate Athletics Field House will include cutting-edge horticultural research on its roof.

“Having NCAA sports here at Ambler has been a wonderful addition to the atmosphere of the campus and student life in general,” Ambler Dean Sophia Wisniewska said. “We couldn’t be happier that Cherry and White Day will be celebrated for the first time in several years right here at Ambler. This is an exciting time of growth at Ambler, and athletics is a significant part of that. We look forward to welcoming so many esteemed alumni to our campus for what is sure to be a fantastic celebration.”

In addition to the games that will be played at Cherry and White Day, athletics organizers hope to have all 20 Temple teams represented in some capacity.

“It’s going to be a lighthearted day, just a great big reunion,” Baum said.

As a 1969 Temple graduate — and a member of the University’s last NIT championship men’s basketball team — Baum has lived Cherry and White Days of the past and is looking forward to the revival. You’ll see him on the court for the men’s basketball alumni game.

“For the athletics alumni, it’s a chance to spend time with family and friends and possibly see a teammate we haven’t seen in years,” he said. “You might have someone who hasn’t been back to the University in 30 years here to say ‘Wow, look at the dramatic changes that are taking place.’”

For more information on Cherry and White Day, call 204-6267 or 215-283-1290.

- By James Duffy

Cherry and White Day
April 16
Alumni vs. alumni games
10:30 a.m.–noon: Softball
11 a.m.–noon: Women’s soccer
11 a.m.–noon: Women’s basketball
11 a.m.–noon: Men’s basketball
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis
Varsity games and exhibitions
Noon: Baseball vs. Rhode Island (doubleheader)
Noon–1:30 p.m.: Gymnastics, fencing, volleyball exhibitions
2 p.m.: Football spring intrasquad game