Students team up with Athletics for Philanthropy Phriday

December 02, 2008

University Park, Pa. — Penn State’s Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) will provide an informative and interactive opportunity for students to learn about philanthropy and Penn State athletics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday (Dec. 5) on the first floor of the HUB-Robeson Center.

“Most students don’t realize how much of an impact that donors have on the success of Penn State’s intercollegiate athletic programs,” said council member Geoff Halberstadt. “We’re hoping that students will join us at our event to learn more about groups such as the Nittany Lion Club. Joining the Student Nittany Lion Club now can help students ensure season tickets to athletic events in their future as alumni.”

Gifts to the Nittany Lion Club and Student Nittany Lion Club go to grants-in-aid for more than 800 eligible Penn State student-athletes and provide operational support for 15 men's and 14 women's teams.

According to council member David Schwartz, this Friday the SPC is “raffling off a lot of really cool items, including Penn State men’s basketball season tickets.”

Other raffle items include five Penn State 2008 football season wrap-up DVDs, women’s basketball season tickets, a mini-helmet signed by Joe Paterno, a photograph signed by Paul Posluszny, and a Nittany Lion Club package, which includes a Penn State sign and the following Nittany Lion Club items: shirt, mini football, mini Lady Lion basketball, “Attitude of Gratitude” mini posters, mousepad, magnetic erase board, and decal.

Participants in the raffle will be asked to answer questions related to the Nittany Lion Club, the importance of alumni and undergraduate philanthropic support of athletics, and various statistics about donations to athletics.

Council member Matthew Doherty noted that through SPC’s mission to spread awareness about philanthropy, students can gain knowledge about philanthropy’s significance to Penn State and also have the chance to give back by joining the Student Nittany Lion Club.

Doherty added that being a member of the club has “bettered my chances of attending football games after I graduate, and I’m giving back to my school at the same time!”

Information about the Nittany Lion Club and the Student Nittany Lion Club is available at online.

The Student Philanthropy Council holds a different Philanthropy Phriday event in the HUB each month during the semester. Visit for more information about the SPC.


Last Updated March 19, 2009