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.
Challenges Facing Franklin at Penn State
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35