UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup officially kicked off on June 6, and senior team captain Raquel Rodriguez (San Jose, Costa Rica) and the Costa Rican Women's National Team begin their quest for international success on June 9 against Spain. Rodriguez spoke with GoPSUSports.com for the final time before Las Ticas become the first Central American team to compete at the World Cup in Canada.
We played three friendlies before the World Cup and they taught us that a huge part of our success comes from the mindset that we bring to the field. We know we are capable of doing good things but that won't be possible if our minds aren't focused the whole game. Our team has speed in the attack and likes to elaborate in the midfield. We are conservative when it comes to pressing but of course, all those tactical decisions will depend on what makes sense against the opponent.
Despite the losses, we've learned that sometimes we need a "slap" in our face to wake up and realize what we are doing. Even though there are differences regarding preparation between national teams, we have the choice to work and stop making excuses. We definitely know that the first game is going to be vital to how we do in the World Cup. We know it's going to be very important for Spain to win so it'll be a good match.
Earlier in the year, Amelia Valverde took over as the head coach. She has been around for five years now and she knows the team and we know her very well. We have the confidence to talk to her about anything and vice versa. It's not easy to coach a national team whose support is only developing, but it is vital to for the coach to have the players' support and she has it.
Personally, working with the national team, I've learned that I am very disciplined and determined. I am honest and with regards to soccer, it's clearer now that my strengths as a soccer player are my strength, foot skills and ability with the ball.
Honestly, this is the most I've ever enjoyed my soccer career. I feel more confident and the fact that I have the opportunity to experience a World Cup the first time a Costa Rican national team appears in it is a dream come true. In addition, coming into my senior year with this much experience is also a joy for me and an opportunity to grow as a leader.
The Costa Rican Women's National Team makes its World Cup debut against Spain at 4 p.m. in Montreal. All World Cup matches will be broadcast live on the Fox Sports networks.
Penn State has won 92 Big Ten titles, including 21 in women's soccer (16 regular season).
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Just four months into his tenure as commissioner of the
Big Ten Conference, Jim Delany recalls an idea brought to the table by former
Illinois President Stan Ikenberry.
It was October of 1989 when Ikenberry, who spent time as a senior administrator
at Penn State earlier in his career, broached the thought of adding an
institution to the Big Ten for the first time since Michigan State was invited
to become a member in 1949.
The Big Ten then began a formal research process of an institution that would
bridge a Midwestern league to the East.
The Pennsylvania State University was on the table for discussion as a superb
academic institution with a rich tradition in athletic success.
Delany, whose sister attended Penn State as a graduate student, didn't need much
convincing. He knew the level of potential a partnership between Penn State and
the Big Ten could foster.
Big Ten hadn't changed in many, many decades, but I thought if the opportunity
to expand presented itself it was a no brainer," Delany said earlier this week.
"Excellent academics. Excellent athletics. And pointed towards the East Coast,
I thought there was a lot of potential there. That was my recommendation at the
The process moved forward with the presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten
institutions discussing the topic before news broke just before the holidays in
December of 1989 that Penn State could be on its way into a new conference. Under
the direction of athletic director Jim Tarman at the time, Penn State had been
competing as an independent in football for more than a century, and the rest
of the department had been a member of the Atlantic 10 since 1976.
When the news initially surfaced, women's volleyball head coach Russ Rose, who
along with field hockey coach Charlene Morett-Curtiss are the two current Penn
State head coaches who were on staff in 1989, was giving a presentation at the
annual women's volleyball coaches convention (AVCA) about the importance of
NCAA Tournament at-large bids for teams in smaller conferences.
"I remember talking in front of the group about
the importance that not all of the at-large bids go to the bigger conferences
and that there were good teams in other conferences even though they didn't
have the same notoriety, said Rose. "We have a lunch break. I turn on ESPN at
lunch, and I see that Penn State is going to be a member of the Big Ten. I come
back. I say to some people that I would like to retract what I said about
The formal process concluded with a vote in Iowa City on June 4, 1990, at which
time Penn State was officially accepted as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
Twenty-five years have passed in a partnership that allowed both the University
and conference to reach unprecedented heights on the field and in the
a broad perspective, at the time, my view was that it was a tremendous fit for
both sides. And history has proven that," Delany said. "With all the other
expansions around the country, I'm not sure there was one that benefitted both
institution and conference as much as this did, largely because of the
characteristics of Penn State were so well matched with the characteristics of
the Big Ten."
The positive news zipped throughout campus shortly after the vote in Iowa.
"I remember hearing about the announcement from Mary Jo Haverbeck, from the Sports
Information office," said Morett-Curtiss. "She told me about us going in and
how it was going to have a major impact for women's athletics at Penn State."
It was an announcement that changed the landscape of funding and development
for all of Penn State's 28 programs at the time, and it was a day
Morett-Curtiss remembers quite well.
"Ironically, I had gone for a run that day on the trails near Sunset Park and
as I'm running, I see someone walking in front of me and it was Joe Paterno,"
Morett-Curtiss said. "And it was that day, so I said to him, 'hey what's going
to happen?' He said, 'I think this is going to be a really good thing for Penn
State and the exposure all of the programs are going to get.'"
The women's volleyball program captured Penn State's first Big Ten title in 1992, marking volleyball's first of 16 conference crowns.
Penn State's teams felt the impact of the Big Ten conference almost
"What it did for us when we joined the Big Ten is that it No. 1 it resulted in
a reassessment of the levels of commitment we had to the various programs,"
Rose said. "We became fully funded when we joined the Big Ten. Prior to that,
we were not fully funded. And we were not fully staffed. Entering Big Ten,
collectively, for all of the sports resulted in us having a new commitment from
the University to try and be competitive. From a volleyball perspective, we had
been competitive prior to that, but playing in the Big Ten in women's
volleyball made us better because the level of competition was better than we
were experiencing in the Atlantic 10."
At the time, women's volleyball had just one assistant coach on the staff
alongside Rose and nine scholarships to field a roster. Joining the Big Ten
boosted the program to full funding and 12 scholarships.
"As I look at it now, we could have had some great teams if we had funding in
the early years," said Rose. "That was just the way that it was. When you take a job, that is the job you
took. When we joined the Big Ten, a lot of us got a better job without having
to move. But it's way more competitive. Recruiting is a lot different than what
we had experienced in the Atlantic 10."
The same can be said for what Morett-Curtiss experienced within the field
"The financial support from a scholarship standpoint was huge right away," said
Morett-Curtiss. "And knowing our field that we were going to build was going to
be a first rate facility."
The investment for success around the Big Ten stood out during Penn State's
transition. Every institution and athletic program strives to be the best. It's
a trait that has not changed during the department's 25 years as a member, and
it's something that will be a trademark of the Big Ten for decades to come.
"The level of commitment to being good across the conference, everybody cared,"
said Rose. "I don't believe every conference across the country has that sort
of commitment in all of their sports. I think that is one of the things that
makes the Big Ten really unique. If they offer it, they care and they want to
Penn State's time in the Big Ten has been marked by excellence in the classroom
and on the field of play. In all, Penn State's programs have accounted for 92
Big Ten championships from 15 different programs - 76 regular season and 16 post-season. Additionally,
more than 170 student-athletes have accounted for nearly 300 individual Big Ten
Penn State student-athletes have earned more than 5,000 Academic All-Big Ten
recognitions since it joined the conference, with its three highest totals
during the past three years, led by 296 in 2012-13.
"Penn State's entrance into the Big Ten not only changed the
intercollegiate sports landscape, it also changed our academic landscape and
our future. Our size, our academic reputation and our athletic tradition
matched up well with Big Ten schools," said Penn State President Eric
Barron, who also noted that all Big Ten schools are flagship universities for
their states. "The academic side of the Big Ten is known as the Committee
on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the institutions together have annual
research expenditures topping $10.2 billion -- more than the Ivy League and the
University of California System combined -- and they educate a total of nearly
600,000 students. The benefits from being part of such an outstanding and
prestigious organization with such an expansive footprint across the nation are
The women's volleyball program earned Penn
State's first Big Ten crown during the 1992 season, just one year after the
team began competing in the league. The title marked the first of Penn State's superlative
16 Big Ten titles in women's volleyball, in addition to seven NCAA
Championships since 1999.
Like women's volleyball, the women's soccer program has been a benchmark of success
in conference play. The program became the department's 29th varsity
sport in 1994. Since then, Penn State has won an unprecedented 16 conference
titles, including a string of 15-straight from 1998-2012.
The football program claimed the Big Ten title in its second season of
competition during an undefeated Rose Bowl championship campaign in 1994. Coach
Joe Paterno's '94 squad became the first Big Ten team to ever post a 12-0
record. The '94 crown marked the program's first of three Big Ten championships
to date (2005 and 2008).
The fall season of 2005 stands out as a monumental period in Penn State's
history within the conference. Nittany Lion teams clinched five Big Ten titles
in a span of 30 days. The list included field hockey, football, men's soccer,
women's soccer and women's volleyball. Since the fall of 2005, Penn State teams
have won 51 Big Ten championships (5.1 titles per year in a 10-year span).
Penn State clinched five Big Ten titles in a span of 30 days
during the fall of 2005, including one for the women's volleyball team.
It's impossible to quantify how the partnership between Penn State and the Big
Ten altered the recruiting landscape for the teams on campus and how the
recruiting gains equated to success on the field of play. But pitching a
world-renowned education with an elite conference affiliation cultivated
relationships with premier student-athletes.
"The name recognition was big for football, but when you see how many of the Universities
and programs have been successful on a national level, I think that has greatly
helped," Morett-Curtiss. "Exposure for all of the Universities within the
conference has helped us all grow. Combining the academic side of what these
Universities have with the athletics, it's a very powerful combination when we
go out recruiting student-athletes."
A big piece to the exposure of Penn State teams during the past 25 years was
the launch of the Big Ten Network on Aug. 30, 2007. More than 800 Penn State
sporting events have aired live on the BTN since it launched. The benefits of
the conference's TV network, which is in more than 60 million homes, increased visibility across the country for
the department in a way that cannot be measured.
"The Network was a major step for us," Morett-Curtiss. "Just having the
opportunity to have games on TV so that little girls can watch and learn about
the sport. It's helped, not only exposure for the program, but it's helped the
sport grow. It's just a phenomenal avenue for us to showcase our University and
The BTN's impact goes back to what Rose talked about as one of the immediate
impacts his program felt - funding. Not only did the BTN infinitely increase
exposure for Penn State teams, it has played a paramount role in increased
revenues for each institution.
"Certainly, the Big Ten Network has been instrumental in generating funds for
the Universities and the conference and the bowl revenue sharing has resulted
in more money for all of the schools and the conference," said Rose.
In 2008, Penn State captured its third Big Ten title in football
en route to a trip to the Rose Bowl.
the competitive atmosphere is intense between teams across all of the
conference's sports, each member institution understands that the individual success
aids in the growth of the collective conference.
"I think the relationship has been a really positive one," said Rose. "There
are a lot of similarities between the various Universities."
"Everybody in the Big Ten shares what they do and why they do it; best
practices," said Dave Baker, Associate Athletic Director for Business
Operations. "We share lots of ideas, at least from the business manager and
ticketing perspective. We learn things from one another. And there aren't
secrets. We all work together and try to help each other out...We all don't do
things the same way. We all have limitations, but we are all looking to help
one another out for the betterment of the conference.
"Some people would find it hard to believe that people in the Big Ten root for
other Big Ten teams in the postseason, but we do. We follow what is going
on...It is a cooperative spirit and a partnership."
Baker is one of just a handful of Penn State administrators and coaches who
have been with Intercollegiate Athletics during the past 25 years. That list
includes Jan Bortner, who was head coach of the men's tennis team in 1990 and
has since transitioned into a role as an associate athletic director. Among the
key changes Baker felt from the business operation centered on travel. Bus
trips were the norm for Penn State teams in the Atlantic 10, but the geography
of the Big Ten led to more plane travel.
A quarter century has passed since initial discussions of a new relationship
took place and bonds were formed. Many things have changed significantly for
Penn State, the conference and intercollegiate athletics nationwide, but it's
been 25 years marked by growth stemming from a vision in 1989.
"Pennsylvania is a very important state. It served as a bridge to the East for
us. It made our football offerings stronger," said Delany. "It has been
excellence with national championships in a variety of sports. And I have
always felt that the 1994 Penn State team was the best team in the country; no
disrespect to Nebraska. When you look at the players that team had (five first
team All-Americans on offense) and what that group accomplished. That team was
the national runner-up. That was a tremendous football team. I've seen some
very good basketball teams both on the men's side and the women's side. And
obviously, the wrestling and volleyball programs have been dominant on the
Penn State has won a total of 27 national championships since joining the Big
Ten, including three in 2013-14, and the department's collective success speaks
By no means was the integration in 1990 an easy one, but the partnership
between the University and Big Ten is a match that enabled both sides to
mutually prosper in a way neither side could have envisioned when the formal vote
concluded 25 years ago today.
The wrestling team began a string of four-straight Big Ten
titles in March of 2011.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - It's a big summer for women's soccer, and the
Nittany Lion women's soccer program will be well represented at the FIFA Women's
World Cup Canada 2015.
In all four Nittany Lion alums and one current player are set to compete on
three different teams in the World Cup, which begins on Saturday. Senior Raquel
Rodriguez will make her debut in the World Cup with Costa Rica, which qualified
for the first time. Former Nittany Lion standouts Alie Krieger (defender) and
Alyssa Naeher (goalkeeper) will play for the United States and Erin McLeod
(goalkeeper) and Carmelina Moscato (defender) will play for Canada.
GoPSUsports.com caught up with head coach Erica Walsh to get her thoughts on
the upcoming World Cup and Penn State's role on women's soccer's grandest
Penn State Participant World Cup
Schedule Group A June 6 - Canada vs. China at 6 p.m. ET (Edmonton)
June 11 - Canada vs. New Zealand at 9 p.m. ET (Edmonton)
June 15 - Canada vs. Netherlands at 7:30 p.m. ET (Montreal)
Group D June 8 - USA vs. Australia at 7:30 p.m. ET (Winnipeg)
June 12 - USA vs. Sweden at 8 p.m. ET (Winnipeg)
June 16 - USA vs. Nigeria at 8 p.m. ET (Vancouver)
Group E June 9 - Costa Rica vs. Spain at 4 p.m. ET (Montreal)
June 13 - Costa Rica vs. Korea Republic at 7 p.m. ET (Montreal)
June 17 - Costa Rica vs. Brazil at 7 p.m. ET (Moncton)
The Round of 16 begins on June 20.
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Pa. - Senior team captain Raquel Rodriguez (San Jose, Costa Rica) and the
Costa Rican Women's National Team is hard at work preparing for the 2015 FIFA
Women's World Cup, its first appearance in the tournament. On May 25, Las Ticas
were defeated, 2-1, by the Mexican Women's National Team in a Mexico City
friendly, with a rematch scheduled May 28. Rodriguez recently updated GoPSUSports.com about the journey she is
on, representing her country at the World Cup, hosted by Canada this summer.
Right now and throughout these past few weeks, we've been trying to get
the rhythm back and the friendlies we've been playing serve that purpose. The
team has been focusing on tactical strategies and practicing those.
It's a little frustrating to have these games so close to the World Cup;
however, there is no time to lose and much work to do. We've only played
against Mexico so far and the games have been vital for us to get us back into
a rhythm and practice what we want to apply at the World Cup.
As a player in Costa Rica, one would wish the environment would be just
like the men's World Cup, but the reality of women soccer in our country is a
different one. The media has been covering basic and general news, but it could
definitely be better. Unfortunately, I don't think our country or the media in
our country realizes the big deal this is, but this is part of what this team
has been dealing with for years. Women's soccer in Costa Rica is improving and
developing, and we recognize change doesn't come from night to morning.
The team has been through tough moments together outside the field
throughout several years now. This has created a family and has bonded our team
for good and makes us fighters in the field. This group has been growing
together and the unity that we have has been a product of that.
When we have free time, we get together and joke around. The different
personalities in the team are so varied and each of them contributes to the fun
times we spend together. It's the little things that keep us together and
loose, and I feel like our bond comes naturally. Additionally, there are two
other players who play at colleges in the States. In the past, we would compare
and contrast the styles and methods between the American and the Costa Rican
and take the best out of both and recognize the not so best.
Overall, we have the mentality that we want to compete instead of just
participating. I'm looking forward to the matches against Colombia.
Las Ticas continue preparation leading up
to the Women's World Cup with a second friendly in Mexico City against the
Mexican Women's National Team on May 28. The team will play a final pre-Women's
World Cup friendly against Columbian Women's National Team on May 31 at Metro
State in Denver, Colo., before beginning the Women's World Cup against Spain on
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior team captain Raquel Rodriguez recently returned to
her native Costa Rica to train with the Women's National Team in preparation
for Las Ticas' first FIFA Women's World Cup appearance after a historic
second-place finish at the 2014 Women's CONCACAF Tournament. GoPSUSports.com
recently caught up with the reigning Big Ten Midfielder of the Year about her
experience preparing for the international tournament, hosted by Canada this
Since I finished all of my finals, I've been with the
national team. We started training last week and will continue to do so this
week. Staying together, getting the rhythm back again and bringing back our
chemistry are what we're focusing on.
We will be playing a few friendlies against Mexico and Columbia
before the tournament to prepare. The games will be vital for this and, of
course, to apply what we've been training. All training is soccer specific so
skills and real game application is always present in our trainings.
I think our national team coaching staff does a great. I do
share soccer things I've learned at Penn State, such as communicating in the
field by giving instruction. Our coach has been trying to balance the time
we spend together during these two weeks because in the next month or so, we
will be together 24/7. However, we will go to the movies tomorrow night. I
think this group doesn't need bonding-specific activities to unify; we already
enjoy each other's company a lot.
After CONCACAF, we have raised our standards and we won't
settle for anything less than what we've shown we can do. Our mindset has
changed and we already decided we will go and compete and stay together like we
did in CONCACAF and respect each other. The expectations are also higher
than they've been in the past. The idea is to always improve and progress. I
expect a good performance from our team, a confident and smart team
Las Ticas play the Mexican Women's National Team on May 25
and 28 in Mexico City and the Columbian Women's National Team on May 31 at
Metro State in Denver, Colo. The team opens the Women's World Cup against Spain
on June 9.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State women's soccer coach Erica Walsh and
associate head coach Ann Cook have made the most of their outstanding
credentials and 20-year friendship, orchestrating one of the most successful
soccer programs in the nation since they took the reins in 2007.
Their partnership started on the Williamsburg, Va., campus of William &
Mary, where the duo broke into the Tribe as bright-eyed freshmen in 1993. Walsh and Cook helped lead William & Mary
to four NCAA Tournament appearances and Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)
championships. Walsh was an All-American, two-time first team All-CAA pick and
team captain. Cook earned three All-American nods and twice finished as a Hermann
So when Walsh was offered the helm of the Nittany Lion program, her first
thought was the six-year professional soccer veteran who boasted U.S. Women's
National Team experience. After retiring from professional soccer in 2003, Cook,
a Springfield, Mo., native, made stops on the coaching staffs at Drury
University, Missouri State and Nebraska.
"I had been trying to get her on my staff for years," said Walsh. "It can be
nerve-wracking, coaching with a friend. But I thought our philosophy was
aligned so closely. We were going to go through the good and bad together."
"The number one word I use for hiring is trust and there's no one I trust more
That trust has propagated a Penn State program that, in 2014, won its 16th
conference title in 17 seasons, a record unmatched by any Division I program,
and is the fourth-winningest program in the 21st century. The
program's success under Walsh and Cook's tutelage, coupled with her outstanding
career on the pitch, resulted in a Missouri Sports Hall of Fame induction on
"Anyone around Ann and I recognizes quickly how
special our relationship is because it's built off of trust and enjoyment,"
said Walsh. "She enriches my life for sure on and off the field but we
genuinely enjoy being around one another."
"Ann and I have an incredible mutual respect for one another," she said. "We
provide accountability for one another, are willing to challenge each other and
support one another when a decision is made. A big part of [our success] is her
knowledge, ability, and relationship with the players. They are so inspired by
her. Because she's such an educator, everyone that meets walks away with a
The tangible enjoyment one can feel by watching the pair interact results in
the family atmosphere, which permeates every aspect of the program. Before
every home game, the team rides the recognizable Penn State blue bus to Jeffrey
Field, loudly singing songs passed down from those who wore the Blue and White
before them. Dogs aren't adopted without the full support of everyone on the
team. Starters are welcomed onto the field with shouting and high fives in a
semi-circle. That sense of being welcomed with open arms is a result of the
bond between Cook and Walsh.
"The team sees how much we enjoy our job and recognizes how important they are
to us," said Walsh. "More of our players are interested in going into coaching
and I think a big reason is the relationship we share and the enjoyment we get
out of it beyond the wins."
A true coaching partnership in the making since 1993, Walsh and Cook team up to
head one of the most talented women's soccer intercollegiate programs.
"Beyond our friendship, she is the most talented coach in the country and has
ability to run any program she chooses," said Walsh. "We are extremely
fortunate to have her here and I am the luckiest coach to work side-by-side
with her on a daily basis."
By Miranda Kulp,GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion women's soccer team will take
great pride in its efforts during a tremendous 2014 season.
Between several players earning national and international acknowledgment and
the team's superb record, 2014 is a year head coach Erica Walsh and the Nittany
Lions will build on as the group shifts towards next fall.
Ending the season overall with a 20-4 record and earning its 16th Big
Ten title within the last 17 seasons, the Lions have a lot to be proud of this
Although the team's season came up just short in the NCAA
Quarterfinals, the players and coaching staff have no regrets when it comes to
how the team performed.
"I thought they were prepared, I thought they performed and
unfortunately we ended up on the wrong side of the score line, but we left it
all out on the field and I can't complain at all about this season," Walsh
said."Regardless the outcome,
I think our team was peaking at the right time. The team's hard work and
dedication showed the whole way through."
The 2014 team had one of the best records the program has seen in the
past decade, reaching 20 wins for only the eighth time in program history.
With 11 freshmen and four seniors on the roster, the Lions excelled
with consistent contributions from both youth and experience.
Freshman Frannie Crouse led the team with 10 goals in her first year
at the college level.
The likes Haleigh Echard, Elizabeth Ball, Maddie Elliston, Katy Keen, Megan
Schafer and Emily Ogle were among the freshmen who played significant roles in
their rookie campaign.
Ogle was one of the four players on the roster to capture a NSCAA
All-Great Lakes Region honors. She earned the Big Ten Freshman of the Year
accolade and helped showcase the talent of the freshman class.
Although the freshman class was outstanding, the group credits the
leadership of the upperclassmen for making this year so successful.
"Despite being a young team and having an abundance of freshmen, we
had four tremendous seniors this year that were leaders on the team," Walsh
said. "Each one of them carried a special role on the team, we're not only
losing four players-we're losing four additional coaches."
What made this senior class special was how they use their drive and
passion to always motivate the team to take it one game at a time.
Although Emily Hurd, Whitney Church, Kori Chapic, and Kindrah Kohne
will be saying goodbye to Jeffrey Field, their impact on the team will not be
forgotten. Church was named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy Award earlier this week.
"Probably more than anything this group of seniors left on the program
was their attitudes and how unselfish they were. These seniors continuously
showed how often they put this team first," Walsh said.
In addition to the seniors, veterans Mallory Weber, Raquel "Rocky" Rodriguez,
and Britt Eckerstrom stepped up as additional role models for the team. All
three will play a paramount role in Penn State's success in 2015.
The 2014 season was especially memorable for Rodriguez, who also was
able to help Costa Rica's national team make history.
Mid-way through the Penn State season, Rodriguez departed Happy Valley
to play for her native country of Costa Rica. Rodriguez helped Costa Rica
qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time ever.
Both individually and as a team, the team has a lot to be proud of
Through the highs and low of the season, the Lions prevailed as a
family and never gave up.
"I look at it as a very successful season. I think regardless we are
one of the top five teams in the country. This team made me extremely proud and
gets me excited to see what the future brings," Walsh said.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - 'Tis the season for giving thanks, and the Penn
State Athletics would like to take an opportunity to say thank you to the loyal
fans on Thanksgiving.
As you sit down with family and friends to eat your traditional meal while the
Lions and Cowboys host their annual Thanksgiving day home games, Penn State
Athletics would like to thank you, the fans, for the unrivaled support you give
every team on campus. Penn State's teams
would not be the same without the greatest fans in college sports.
As a token of their appreciation, several student-athletes from teams on campus
would like to say thank you and Happy Thanksgiving for the support you give
them throughout the athletic season.