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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., April 29, 2004 - The Penn State Football team kicked off activities for its second annual "Penn State Lift For Life" last weekend, with approximately $5,500 being donated for the Kidney Cancer Association.
A final tally won't be available until all the change is counted that was collected from fans attending the Blue-White Game and downtown last weekend.
The proceeds also include donations from four downtown restaurants -- Beulah's BBQ, Roly Poly, Jimmy John's and Highway Pizza - who donated a portion of their profits from last Saturday to "Lift for Life."
Last summer's inaugural event raised more than $13,000 for kidney cancer research from over 200 donors. This year's event will take place Thursday, July 8, during Arts Festival Weekend.
"Penn State Lift for Life" is an official non-profit organization.
More than 70 members of the squad are expected to participate in a series of 13 events in a competition designed to test their mental and physical toughness. The "Penn State Lift For Life" includes some traditional weightlifting events such as bench press, chin-ups and leg press, as well as some more extreme events like the giant tire flip and a 200-yard sprint, carrying 100-pound plates in either hand.
All donors to the "Lift for Life" will be eligible for prizes, including gift certificates, "Lift for Life" T-shirts, autographed footballs and tickets to a Penn State football game this fall.
The primary organizers of the event are former Nittany Lions Dave Costlow (Lansdale), Damone Jones (Philadelphia) and Scott Shirley (Enola), as well as placekicker Robbie Gould (Lock Haven), who will be a senior during the 2004 campaign.
For more information, go to the new "Lift for Life" website, www.psuliftforlife.org, or call Deloris Brobeck (814-865-1946).