Athletics, Alumni Association host basketball 'Tip-Off Tour'

September 12, 2003

University Park, Pa. -- The Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics department and Penn State Alumni Association have teamed up for the inaugural Penn State Basketball Tip-Off Tour, which is scheduled for numerous stops across the Commonwealth from Oct. 6-8, along with a special stop in Pittsburgh on Friday, Oct. 17.

Alumni and fans are invited to attend any of the eight scheduled events, each of which will feature Penn State men's basketball coach Ed DeChellis, Lady Lion head coach Rene Portland along with Roger Williams, the new executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association.

"It's very important for all Penn State Alumni and fans to rally to the cause, which is increased support for the Nittany Lion and Lady Lion basketball programs," says Williams. "The Penn State Alumni Association wants to see Penn State basketball as popular as Penn State football, so we're asking our alumni to turn out in big numbers this season."

The tour will begin on Monday, Oct. 6, with a breakfast in Williamsport at The Williamsport Holiday Inn (7:30 to 9 a.m.) followed by lunch in Wilkes-Barre at The Woodlands (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.).

The second day of the tour (Tuesday, Oct. 7) will feature an evening reception at the Philadelphia Marriott West in West Conshohocken (7 to 9 p.m.).

The third day of festivities (Wednesday, Oct. 8) will lead the caravan to Lancaster for lunch at The Lancaster Host (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) before wrapping up the week's festivities with an evening reception in Hershey at the Hershey Lodge (6 to 8 p.m.).

The tour will close out on Friday, Oct. 17, with a luncheon in at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh, sponsored by the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce, Penn State Athletics and the Nittany Lion Club.

There are many reasons to be excited about the Penn State men's and women's basketball teams this season. The Nittany Lions feature new head coach DeChellis, who returns to Penn State after a successful rebuilding project at East Tennessee State which saw him transform the Buccaneers into Southern Conference champions and earn the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in more than a decade.

The Penn State men's basketball program also features an exciting 2003-04 schedule, which includes home games against Georgetown (Nov. 23) and Rutgers (Dec. 10) along with the always-challenging Big Ten Conference slate.

The Lady Lions enter the 2003-04 campaign as the defending Big Ten champions and are poised for a deep NCAA Tournament run as they return all five starters from a year ago. Penn State will encounter one of the most challenging non-conference schedules in the program's history, which includes home games with LSU (Nov. 21), Texas (Dec. 7), Baylor (Dec. 9), Pittsburgh (Dec. 14) and Louisiana Tech (Dec. 21).

Big Ten Player of the Year Kelly Mazzante (Montoursville, Pa.) also will enter the season within striking distance of a number of career scoring records. Fans will have the opportunity to cheer on Mazzante in her quest to become the all-time leading scorer in Penn State and Big Ten history.

To register or for additional information, please contact the Penn State Alumni Association at (800) 548-LION, option 4, or There is a registration fee for each event.

Penn State "Tip-Off Tour" Schedule of Events

Monday, Oct. 6
Breakfast in Williamsport
The Williamsport Holiday Inn
1840 East Third Street, Williamsport
7:30 to 9 a.m

Lunch in Wilkes-Barre
The Woodlands 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7
Evening Reception in Conshohocken
Philadelphia Marriott West
111 Crawford Avenue, West Conshohocken
7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8
Lunch in Lancaster
The Lancaster Host
2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Evening Reception in Hershey
The Hershey Lodge
West Chocolate Avenue & University Drive, Hershey
6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17
Lunch in Pittsburgh
Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh
11:30 a.m.

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