Athletes Give Back With Thank-a-Thon

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Sept. 28, 2012

By Scott Traweek, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - When an athlete chooses to attend Penn State University, they are electing to join a family for the rest of their life and the Penn State alumni apart of the Nittany Lion Club are there to support them every step of the way.

The Nittany Lion Club is an organization comprised of over 20,000 Penn State alumni and former Penn State athletes who have donated more than $17.5 million as grant-in-aid for scholarships to the various Penn State Intercollegiate Athletic Programs.

Every year, the athletes are given the opportunity to express their gratitude for all the support offered by the alumni through Thank-a-Thon. Prior to the football game against Temple, on Sept. 22, athletes from an array of teams visited the tailgates of Nittany Lion Club members with gifts to simply say: "Thank you."

"It's about acknowledging the things that [the Nittany Lion Club members] do for us," said Tim Frazier, representing Men's Basketball. "Being able to step out and meet these guys and meet these ladies that give their time and their effort and their support is amazing."

The support provided by former athletes, who are apart of the Varsity "S" Club, and the alumni members conveys the family-like culture fostered by attending Penn State and is special to all the athletes.

"I've honestly never been so proud to be apart of something in my entire life," said Softball's Meghan Bradley. "I think everything we work for in academics and athletics is just huge. Our university speaks for itself."

Check out the video below for an inside look into this year's Thank-a-Thon.