Charity Stripe Challenge set Nov. 15 to benefit the United Way

October 11, 2010

Participants from every administrative unit on the University Park campus may compete in the fifth annual Charity Stripe Challenge, scheduled Monday, Nov. 15, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Challenge features three-person teams, comprised of faculty, staff or technical service employees, that shoot 75 free throws apiece and the team that makes the most shots wins.

The five-year-old effort benefits the United Way because shooters may obtain sponsors to support them on a per-shot basis.

The Challenge allows teams from separate units, and even teams from the same unit, to compete against each other. A unit may enter as many teams as it would like for the event. All money raised through the efforts counts for each unit’s individual United Way campaign totals.

This year’s event -- scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 -- will be contested in the main gym of the Bryce Jordan Center.

All shooters who participate in the Challenge receive two free tickets to attend the Nittany Lions’ Nov. 16 game against St. Joseph’s at the Jordan Center. Also, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has offered a special $5 ticket price for all faculty, staff and family members who wish to attend the Nov. 16 game and celebrate the United Way effort on campus.

The winning team -- the one that makes the most of its 75 shots (that’s 25 shots for each of the three team members) -- will receive special gifts and prizes. The team that raises the most money through donations and pledges will earn use of a box in the BJC for a men’s basketball game later this season.

The deadline for entering a team in the Charity Stripe Challenge is Friday, Nov. 5.

People who would like to purchase $5 tickets must turn in money into their unit-specific United Way representative by Friday, Nov. 5, as well.

Questions about the event may be directed to unit-specific United Way representatives or to Steve Sampsell, who may be reached by e-mail at or by phone at 814-865-3766.

More information about the United Way effort may be found at online, and a video about the Centre County United Way effort may be found at online.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010