Penn State Nittany Lions: THON
The event is part of THON weekend, which is an annual 46-hour dance marathon that raises money to fight pediatric cancer. More than $13 million was raised this year alone.
Here’s a look, through the eyes of Twitter, of the Make-A-Wish event and the football team’s participation in THON this past weekend:
25-30 Make-A-Wish families are here at the Lasch Football Building, meeting the FB team, as part of THON weekend pic.twitter.com/abbcpx31T3— Josh Moyer (@ESPNJoshMoyer) February 22, 2014
Tour hasn't started yet for the Make-A-Wish families ... but they're still finding ways to pass some time. pic.twitter.com/6oWnwDKEC0— Josh Moyer (@ESPNJoshMoyer) February 22, 2014
Spider addresses the THON families as they tour Lasch building, "from the Penn State football family, we love you." pic.twitter.com/2QGAIHWFzV— Abby Drey (@ADreyPhotos) February 22, 2014
So blessed to havmet some great kids today during the make a wish event. I pray the best for each one of them in their fights against cancer— Dougie Crook (@juicebucket21) February 23, 2014
Hackenberg stopping by the locker room for some pictures and autographs. Little line forming behind him ... pic.twitter.com/KN90piiY1v— Josh Moyer (@ESPNJoshMoyer) February 22, 2014
Tom Pancoast and Adam Cole share a few pointers during the Ice Cream Social pic.twitter.com/iGVPYfFAVb— Michael Kilcoyne (@mjkilcoyne3) February 22, 2014
Had an awesome time with this strong little man Alexander and his family today! Great having the… http://t.co/Ip43H0J29E— Jack Seymour (@jseymour12) February 22, 2014
THON !!!!!!! 2014 https://t.co/kLXIUtNvLi— B.Bell (@Thee1NonlyBBELL) February 23, 2014
"Boo!" he yelled, giggling furiously once Carter and two other players -- Carl Nassib and Brian Gaia -- feigned being frightened.
They're fighting for their lives every day and, just being able to see them fight and be happy, it's really inspiring.
-- Penn State DE Brad Bars
"Boo!" his brother joined in. Soon enough, all three siblings were joining in a chorus more fit for Halloween. "Boo!" Laughter. "Boo!" More laughter.
The children were part of the 28 Make-A-Wish families who descended on the Lasch Football Building to hang out with the football players, tour the facilities -- and even try on some pads and uniforms in the locker room. Saturday afternoon's event was part of THON weekend, which is centered around a student dance marathon that helps raise money to fight pediatric cancer. Just last year, THON helped raise $10.68 million.
"Every time, it just gets better," Carter said. "This is definitely the most [players]. I'm not sure if guys are just feeling they really wanted to give back this year; I just feel like the whole team is here today. I can't think of one guy who is not here."
Even true freshman Adam Breneman, who's been enrolled about a month, slowly walked through the building's hallways -- stopping every so often to point out the meaning of plaques or what goes on in certain rooms. Donovan Smith, a 316-pound offensive tackle, couldn't have caused more laughter -- well, maybe with his teammates-- if he had slipped on a purple dinosaur costume. Steven Bench chatted up any adult or kid within earshot.
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