Penn State’s Made A Change To Its Helmets For This Weekend’s Game

first_imgJames Franklin directs Mike Gesicki during a game.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Mike Gesicki #88 following a touchdown reception during the second half against the Akron Zips on September 2, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Akron 52-0. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)Penn State football very rarely changes up its classic uniform look, and for good reason. Most Nittany Lions fans can probably get behind what it is doing this weekend, though.The No. 20 Nittany Lions face Wisconsin on Saturday. It is the program’s annual THON game, supporting the school’s famous drive to fight childhood cancer.PSU offensive tackle Charlie Shuman, president of the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board, has been pushing for the addition of a “THON” sticker to the back of his team’s helmets.After three years, it is becoming a reality.Penn State football unveiled the addition of the THON stickers earlier this week.It is a minor change, but an impactful one.Our players will be sporting a @THON sticker on the back of their helmets this Saturday in support of #PennState’s annual THON Game. @Dev_Still71 & Leah Still will be our Honorary Captains! ?#WeAre #FTK— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 5, 2018Shuman spoke to reporters about what the whole process means to him, after the prolonged process. From the Daily Collegian:“I met with some of the people upstairs in the football building and we got a letter together and sent it over to [Deputy Athletic Director] Phil [Esten] and [Athletic Director] Sandy [Barbour],” Shuman told reporters Tuesday. “They were extremely supportive knowing it was coming from a student athlete and how much Penn State’s involved with THON and how much THON means to us. They were very supportive right off the bat for it.”Shuman knows that it’s not just the THON sticker that’s important. He recognizes that having a THON game helps make a huge difference.“At the end of the day, we’re going to play a football game on Saturday, but it’s exciting to have all the THON families and to have THON on a national stage while we play Wisconsin,” Shuman said.Penn State football’s game against Wisconsin is slated for a noon kick-off.[Daily Collegian]last_img


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