STATE of Excellence Week to Celebrate Student-Athlete Achievements
Oct. 11, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.– Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics will highlight the varied and numerous achievements by its 800 student-athletes during the second annual STATE of Excellence Week, set for October 16-22.
The Nittany Lions will celebrate four aspects of student-athlete success and experience – cultural, social, academic and athletic – with a different facet highlighted each day from Oct. 17-20. The week will culminate with team and individual champions being recognized at the Michigan football game in Beaver Stadium on October 21 (7:30 p.m. kick).
The student-athlete achievements will be celebrated via a series of events, video presentations and social media throughout the week.
“I am excited for the return of STATE of Excellence Week and recognizing the accomplishments of our outstanding student-athletes,” stated Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour. “All Penn Staters should be proud of the dedication and persistence our students demonstrate whether they are competing, with their academic pursuits and community engagement. This will be a special week celebrating the many achievements of our student-athletes.”
Penn State has one of the nation’s most comprehensive and successful athletic programs, with approximately 800 student-athletes across 31 programs (16 men’s and 15 women’s). Penn State student-athletes have an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 89 percent and have earned 198 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections, the fourth-highest total among Division I programs.
The Nittany Lions have won 77 team national championships and 104 Big Ten Conference crowns all-time and their 19 NCAA Championships since March 2007 are tied for No. 4 nationally and nearly double the total for the next highest Big Ten institution.
STATE of Excellence Week; October 16-21
Monday, October 16 - Overall
Tuesday, October 17 - Cultural
Wednesday, October 18 – Academic
The 2016-17 academic year again saw several school overall and semester academic records broken by Penn State student-athletes, including:
The Coaches panel will be held at the Penn State All-Sports Museum from 6:30-8:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Parking is available in Lot 44, just south of Beaver Stadium.
Thursday, October 19 – Social
STATE of Excellence Week activities are highlighted by competition on Oct. 19 as the men’s hockey team plays its home opener vs. AIC at 7 p.m. There will be brief pre-game banner unveiling to recognize the 2017 Big Ten Tournament Champions and the Nittany Lions’ first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Friday, October 20 - Athletic
Competition continues during STATE of Excellence Week as three Nittany Lion teams are at home on Oct. 20:
The Nittany Lion football team hosts Michigan in the Penn State White Out game and the Nittany Lions’ 2016-17 NCAA Champions will be recognized. Penn State captured the NCAA Wrestling Championship, its sixth in seven years, and men’s gymnast Stephen Nedoroscik won the NCAA pommel horse title as a freshman.