City 6

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The City 6 is an informal association of college athletic programs in the Philadelphia area. It is an intra-city intramural competition, but it is also used as a colloquial term to describe all the NCAA Division I schools in the Philadelphia area.

The colleges in the City 6 are all of the traditional Philadelphia Big 5 schools—La Salle University, Saint Joseph's University (SJU), Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University—along with Drexel University, which was formally added to the Big 5 rivalry after the 2022–23 basketball season.

The City 6 Extramural Classic features the best intramural teams from each school competing against one another. The classic was founded in 1986 by representatives from Saint Joseph's and Temple. Games between the intramural programs are held at such locations as SJU's Hagan Arena, Penn's Franklin Field, and Villanova Stadium.[1]

The sports are flag football, volleyball, basketball, and softball. Each sport includes competition for men, women, and co-ed.[2]

Over 13,000 intramural participants have competed in City 6 events over the last twenty years.[3]

Varsity basketball[edit]

Each spring, the basketball coaches of the six schools sit together and are speakers at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tourney Tip-Off Breakfast, to raise money for the American Cancer Society.[4]


Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined Nickname Conference
Drexel University West Philadelphia 1891 Private 25,500 1986 Dragons Coastal Athletic Association
La Salle University Upper North Philadelphia extending into Northwest Philadelphia 1863 Private/Catholic 7,554 1995 Explorers Atlantic 10
Saint Joseph's University West Philadelphia/Lower Merion Township 1851 Private/Catholic 8,800 1986 Hawks Atlantic 10
Temple University North Philadelphia 1884 Public 38,648 1986 Owls American Athletic Conference
University of Pennsylvania West Philadelphia 1740 Private 21,329 1986 Quakers Ivy League
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1842 Private/Catholic 10,482 1986 Wildcats Big East


  1. ^ City 6 History Archived 2008-05-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ City 6 Champions
  3. ^ City 6 20th Anniversary Archived 2008-05-13 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Parrillo, Ray (March 15, 2011). "Philly coaches go out on the line in NCAA picks". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-03-19 – via According to the American Cancer Society, the Philadelphia chapter of the Coaches vs. Cancer movement has raised about $6.5 million since 1996, more than any other chapter of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.