Penn State announces virtual initiatives for April 17 football practice

April 15, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Athletics has announced its virtual initiatives for the April 17 spring practice (noon to 2 p.m.) at Beaver Stadium. Fans are encouraged to participate and interact with exclusive content across Penn State Football digital channels.

To support the health and safety of attendees and allow for physical distancing protocols, the April 17 spring practice will follow all state and federal guidelines for gatherings and will be limited to University Park first-year students, as well as the families and guests of student-athletes, coaches and staff. Walk-ups will not be permitted to enter on the practice day.

University parking lots will be closed, and tailgating will not be permitted in an effort to minimize congregating.

To provide an opportunity for the broader Penn State community to participate, Athletics has announced the following virtual initiatives:

#WeAre Challenge Presented by Utz Snacks

  • The 2021 Penn State #WeAre Challenge presented by Utz Snacks will take place on the morning of Saturday, April 17.
  • Throughout the morning, Nittany Lion fans will be asked to share photos that showcase their fandom via the Penn State Football Facebook and Twitter channels.
  • To participate, check in with either social media platform starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, follow along with the various prompts, and share your response, including the #WeAre hashtag.
  • Penn State will randomly select one fan from each question on each platform to win a prize pack from Utz Snacks.

Happy Valley Live Presented by Highmark Blue Shield

  • Happy Valley Live (Spring Practice Edition) Presented by Highmark Blue Shield will begin streaming at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning on the Penn State Football and Blue Band Facebook pages, as well as
  • Happy Valley Live is hosted by's Mitch Gerber and will feature the Penn State Blue Band and give fans a live look around their favorite places on campus as well as sports venues to showcase all the events surrounding the weekend.
  • The live show will be capped off with a live look at Beaver Stadium prior to the team's spring practice.

Live radio show on the Penn State Sports Network

  • The Penn State Sports Network will provide a live broadcast from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Tune in and listen to the voice of the Nittany Lions, Steve Jones, and Penn State All-American linebacker, Jack Ham, as they call the action from Beaver Stadium.
  • The broadcast will include interviews and updates from Saturday's practice.
  • Head into the radio booth with Jones and Ham through Behind the Mic on's LionVision and Facebook Live. Please note, this video feed does not show the practice.

Live check-ins from practice

  • Get a behind-the-scenes look from the field through Penn State Football's Instagram.
  • Gerber will provide commentary through the Live Field Pass, showcasing warmups and exclusive access throughout practice.

Spring digital poster

  • Penn State will release its 2021 virtual spring poster on Penn State Football's social media channels.

Penn State returns 40 lettermen from last year's squad — 19 on offense, 18 on defense and three on special teams. Of those 40 lettermen, 19 are returning starters — nine on offense, seven on defense and three on special teams. The Nittany Lions open the 2021 campaign at Wisconsin on Sept. 4.

Last Updated April 15, 2021