All-Sports Museum welcomes 60,000th visitor, adds new artifacts

July 18, 2003

University Park, Pa. -- The Penn State All-Sports Museum, which opened in February 2002, welcomed its 60,000th guest Wednesday morning (July 16).

The museum honors the student-athletes and coaches throughout history who have helped make Penn State's intercollegiate athletic program one of the best in the nation. Exhibits highlight the success of 32 varsity men's and women's sports, including three that no longer have varsity status: boxing, bowling and rifle.

The museum is located in the southwest corner of Beaver Stadium adjacent to the museum gift shop operated by the Penn State Book Store. A canopy leading from Curtin Road marks the museum entrance.

There are two floors of exhibition space in the 10,000-square foot facility, with indoor sports occupying the second floor and outdoor sports on the first floor.

On temporary display in the lobby are the Big Ten championship trophies for the 2001-02 women's swimming team and the 2002-03 men's gymnastics team and the NCAA championships' third-place trophy for the 2002-03 men's gymnastics team.

Recently added to the museum's brilliant display is a section for Lady Lions' All-American Kelly Mazzante. On display is her uniform, shoes and basketball from the 2001-02 season when she set the Penn State and Big Ten single-season scoring records.

The Amos Alonzo Stagg trophy, memorabilia from the first Penn State cadet band and the junior national team uniform of former Penn State women's soccer player Christie Welsh, as well as the Hermann Trophy honoring her as the nation's top women's soccer player, also can be seen on display.

The Amos Alonzo Stagg trophy, the highest honor presented by the American Football Coaches Association, was presented to legendary Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno in January 2002. He was the first active coach to receive the trophy in 20 years. The bugle and hat of George Deike have been added to the musuem to honor the first cadet band at Penn State, which was formed in 1899 with four buglers and two drummers.

Also on display are photos in memory of Michael Carter and Kevin Dare, two former Penn State athletes who have passed away.

Museum director Lou Prato is currently working on other exhibits and artifacts to add to the musuem.

Admission to the museum is free but visitors need to obtain a souvenir ticket at the museum reception desk for entry into the exhibits. Visitors can park at the parking meters in the lot directly across Curtin Road from the Museum entrance and the parking meters located in the Founder's Lot on the East side of the Bryce Jordan Center.

The museum's regular weekday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and the Saturday of all Nittany Lion home football games.

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