Nittany Lions win, raise funds for THON

January 21, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- A packed Bryce Jordan Center met the Wolverines of the University of Michigan on Tuesday, Jan. 20, as the Nittany Lions hosted a 9 p.m. game to a larger-than-usual crowd.

The evening, which resulted in a 73-58 victory for the Lions, also was part of  Penn State students' contribution towards childhood cancer research funding. Every dollar of each $5 student ticket sale will in turn be donated by Penn State Athletics for the benefit of THON, which will be held in the Bryce Jordan Center for 46 hours across the weekend of Feb. 20.

Penn State students and fans turned out in huge numbers for the late match, filling most of the Bryce Jordan Center. Thousands of students, most dressed in white, were estimated to have joined in the fun.

Several other special events are planned surrounding Nittany Lions and Lady Lions basketball games.

There will be a Big Ten Championship and individual post-season football awards recognition at the game on Saturday, Jan 24, vs. Iowa. Several football players will be on hand to sign autographs prior to the game, and the Big Ten Championship trophy will be displayed so that fans can get photos with the trophy. Recognitions will be done at halftime.

On Sunday, Feb. 8, against Wisconsin, the Philadelphia Phillies World Series trophy will be on display for fans to enjoy and take photos with. There also will be a drive to raise funds for Coaches vs. Cancer. A call to "White Out" cancer will be issued for all who attend.

Sunday, Feb 15, marks the third Annual Lady Lion Pink Zone and the team's effort to raise funds and awareness behind the continuing need to support breast cancer research. All fans can purchase a Pink Zone T-shirt, just in time for Valentine's Day, at any Penn State Bookstore for only $8, with all net proceeds from the shirts going to Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.

For more photos of the action at the Jan. 20 game, visit online.

  • Fans in the student section made the THON Four Diamonds symbol when the Lions took to the foul line. The Athletic Department is donating proceeds from all single-game student tickets sold for the game to THON.

    IMAGE: Andy Colwell

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