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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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State