Sue Paterno to appear on Big Ten Network's Give Big segment

October 07, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Sue Paterno and her more than 20 years of work with Special Olympics Pennsylvania will be recognized during the Give Big segment on Big Ten Tailgate, which airs this weekend on the Big Ten Network.

Paterno began a labor of love with Special Olympians in 1989. Her efforts have helped keep the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games and its 2,000 athletes coming back to the Penn State campus and State College area every June for the past 23 years. In 2008, Sue and her husband, Joe Paterno, were inducted into the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.

Big Ten Tailgate will originate from the Penn State campus this weekend, debuting at 11 p.m. Friday on the Big Ten Network. The one-hour program will re-air at 12:30, 5 and 9 a.m. Saturday. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Big Ten Football Kickoff will air live from Beaver Stadium on the network. Penn State hosts Illinois for its 91st Homecoming Game at noon Saturday. Penn State alumnus Bob McKinnon, a 1990 graduate in advertising and president of Yellowbrickroad Communications, led a crew that taped segment interviews with Paterno at the Nittany Lion Shrine, Rec Hall and the Pattee Library and Paterno Library.

A 1962 arts and letters graduate of Penn State, Sue Paterno has devoted herself for nearly 50 years to improving the lives of others, ranging from helping student-athletes at Penn State work on their writing skills to providing enduring memories for Special Olympic athletes from across Pennsylvania.

Named a Distinguished Alumna in 2004, Paterno has provided tireless dedication and leadership to the entire Penn State campus and the surrounding local communities. To many Penn State students, she frequently serves as an unofficial adviser and as honorary chair of countless student-run events. Among the causes she is deeply involved with, in addition to Pennsylvania Special Olympics, are: Penn State's University Libraries Development Advisory Board, College of the Liberal Arts Development Council, the annual United Way campaign, Penn State Alumni Association's National Service Week, the University's Leadership Gifts committee, and the National Council for Penn State Philanthropy.

Joe and Sue Paterno have made contributions totaling nearly $5 million to Penn State to support the University Libraries, the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, the All-Sports Museum, and an array of faculty positions, graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships in the College of the Liberal Arts and the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

In 2009, the Paternos pledged $1 million toward the construction of a new wing at the Mount Nittany Medical Center, Centre County's primary health care facility.

This past August, the groundbreaking was held for the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center, which is being built just north of the Penn State campus. The Paternos are the honorary co-chairs to raise $6.5 million for the project.

The Big Ten Network launched its Give Big campaign in September. Its mission is to inspire service and sacrifice among Big Ten Community members. This fall, the Big Ten Network will profile a member of the Big Ten family (one from each school) who has made an impact in their community through their volunteer service. Segments will run during Big Ten Tailgate at 11 p.m. and a companion microsite -- will connect viewers on ways to act, serve and inspire within their communities.Sue Paterno will be featured in the Give Big segment of "Big Ten Tailgate," which airs tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 8), on the Big Ten Network. Paterno, wife of head football coach Joe Paterno, is being profiled for her dedication to Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. The profile also will air when the program is repeated on Saturday, Oct. 9. View the promotional video for the segment at online.

The Give Big segments are designed to highlight members of Big Ten communities who display dedication, hard work and teamwork toward a higher goal in their communities. They focus on people who display genuine dedication and a long-lasting involvement with his or her cause. Penn State alumnus Bob McKinnon, a 1990 graduate in advertising and president of Yellowbrickroad Communications, led a crew that taped interviews with Paterno at the Nittany Lion Shrine, Rec Hall and the Pattee Library and Paterno Library.

Paterno has long been associated with Special Olympics and this past spring, on the day after the annual Blue-White Game, her determination helped make the first annual Special Olympics 5K at Penn State possible. The run ended on the 50-yard line in Beaver Stadium.

In its inaugural year, the Give Big feature will profile one person from each Big Ten school who, as members of their community, exhibit a genuine dedication, a long-lasting relationship and regular involvement with his or her cause. For more information and a listing of all who will be featured, visit online.

  • Sue Paterno was interviewed for a Give Big segment of the Oct. 8 'Big Ten Tailgate,' which airs on the Big Ten Network.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated November 18, 2010