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Athletes Helping Athletes: Sport Specific Giving

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Varsity S Club

As a Varsity `S' Club member, you remain an important part of the Nittany Lion teams today. Without you, our student-athletes cannot take the next step forward. They need you on the field, the court, the mat, the pool and the track. Their victories are your victories. You are a Nittany Lion for Life.

Through an initiative within the Nittany Lion Club, you as former letterwinners can designate your donation to a sport while receiving credit in the Nittany Lion Club. Sport specific giving, enables you to directly provide financial assistance to a selected sport program, giving coaches the necessary funding to address the specific needs of their programs. In the past, sport specific giving has provided funding for sport-related travel, projects, new sports equipment, video equipment and recruiting software not already covered in the annual budget.

Varsity `S' Club members (former University Park student-athletes) who give to a sport and/or NLC will receive all NLC benefits, including football and basketball (men's and women's), ice hockey (men's and women's), and wrestling ticket and parking privileges.

Example: Caleb Smith is a former University Park student-athlete. He played on the lacrosse team. Caleb wishes to purchase 4 season football tickets (Black Zone) and reserved parking privileges. Caleb would be required to make a minimum gift of $2,500 to qualify for the tickets and reserved parking. As a former University Park student-athlete, Caleb could designate the $2,500 dollars to a particular sport of his choice and receive ticketing and parking privileges. We would also be recognized by both the University and Nittany Lion Club at $2,500.

This past year over 2,000 former student athletes gave back to Penn State Athletics. Penn State Athletics is very thankful for our former student-athletes who have given back on a year to year basis. Our goal for the future is to have at least 30% of student-athlete alumni make a gift at any level, on an annual basis, to provide the resources our programs need.

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How to Make Your Gift

  • Make your gift online
  • You can also make your gift by calling the Nittany Lion Club at 814-867-2202 or by mailing your payment to (checks payable to Penn State - if you would like to designate your gift to a specific sport, please note in the memo) to: Penn State University, Attn: Clint Eury, 157 Bryce Jordan Center, University Park PA 16802
  • Make an even greater difference in the lives of our student- athletes by asking your company to match your gift. Visit to see if your company has a matching program that can double or even triple the impact of your gift.
  • If you have any questions regarding sport specific giving as a Varsity `S' Club member, please contact Clint Eury at 814-867-2202 or by email:

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