Online Vote May Push Penn State to Front in Race to Earn $1 Million Scholarship Donation
March 27, 2008
Although most Penn State fans do not have the means of making a seven-figure donation to their beloved Blue and White, they can certainly play a major role in collectively doing just that by voting for the Nittany Lions in the USA TODAY Bash for Cash SeriesTM, with the winner among 16 universities adding $1 million to its general scholarship fund.
This year's Blue-White Weekend welcomes the Blackberry Gridiron BashTM The Ultimate Fan CompetitionTM, featuring the first-ever concert inside Beaver Stadium and American Music Award Female Performer of the Year, Fergie, on Friday night, April 18. With 15 other Division I universities hosting similar events in conjunction with their spring football weekends, the Blackberry Gridiron Bash becomes America's biggest music event ever. The winner of the USA TODAY Bash for Cash SeriesTM will be determined by total ticket sales to the concert, as well as a combination of online and text votes cast for each school.
Currently, Penn State is in third place, and will continue battling with Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Iowa, Rutgers, Maryland, West Virginia, Colorado and Arizona State, as well as several other schools for the $1 million in scholarships.
To cast an online vote for Penn State, fans should log onto http://www.gridironbash.com and follow the simple instructions on the home page. There is no charge for online voting and each fan can vote up to 100 times. Text votes can be registered for $.99 per vote.
"With every Penn State fan capable of playing a role in the outcome of this competition - regardless of where he or she lives -- and with $1 million dollars in scholarship money and a lot of pride at stake, today should be the day we begin our climb to the top of the rankings," offered Greg Myford, Associate Athletic Director. "If we begin voting in the numbers we're capable of, Nittany Lion fans everywhere can have a great time watching those standings change over the next several days."
Tickets to attend the Gridiron BashTM, featuring Fergie, are available online at: www.GoPSUsports.com/tickets or www.gridironbash.com, as well as via phone at 814-865-5555 during regular business hours Monday - Friday.
Gridiron Bash activities -- all a part of Blue-White Weekend that includes a two-day carnival, complete with rides, treats and eats -- are expected to begin outside Beaver Stadium at 6:00 p.m on Friday, April 18, with festivities inside the stadium kicking off at 7:00 p.m. Numerous events will be held in or around Beaver Stadium to celebrate Penn State Football, including the popular pre-game autograph session with the players on Saturday at approximately 12:30 p.m., with the game at 2:00 p.m.
Admission and parking are free for the Blue-White Game as in previous years. The Blue-White Game is one of the nation's most popular spring football contests. Last year, a record crowd of 71,000 attended the game and other Blue-White Weekend activities. More than 40,000 loyal and enthusiastic Penn State fans have attended the contest in nine of the past 12 years, with rainy conditions during the other three contests.