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Fourth Annual Penn State Football Fantasy Camp Underway

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June 10, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.; - Penn State Nittany Lions fanatics will once again live out all their football dreams this week at the fourth annual Penn State Football Fantasy Camp, which will run from Wednesday, June 10 to Sunday, June 14.

The popular series of college football fantasy camps offers Nittany Lions fans a chance to play football where legends have gone before them - at Beaver Stadium.

The members of the 2009 Penn State Football Fantasy Camp will experience football practices based upon the Nittany Lion traditions, directed by coaches and former star players. Returning coaches who have given instruction at previous camps include Jay Paterno, Larry Johnson, Bill Kenney and Kermit Buggs and former players Blair Thomas and Kenny Jackson. The football at the camp is non-contact, with an emphasis on skill development and learning the offensive and defensive schemes used by Penn State, as well as the kicking game.

Penn State's Hall of Fame head coach, Joe Paterno, will also attend one of the practice days to provide some hands-on coaching and inspire the 26 Nittany Lions devotees in camp this year. The 2009 camp features five returning juniors, six returning sophomores and five freshmen.

"The moment when JoePa walks onto the practice field is something special," explained organizer Patrick Steenberge, President of Global Football. "The fantasy campers might be confident businessmen in their everyday life, but once they are in the presence of a coach they have admired from afar for so long and when they step out onto that field, they are like wide-eyed kids again. Their reaction and the enjoyment they get from this camp are priceless."



Football Fantasy Camp

This year the campers include Mike Hall of the Big Ten Network, who will chart his progress at the fantasy camp for a unique television feature. He will be the camp's youngest participant at the age of 27. The oldest player will be 75-year-old Paul Yoder from Mohnton, Pa, whose 50-year-old son, Timothy Yoder, will also attend. The average age of all campers is 49 and they will travel from seven different states (Ind., Md., N.J., N.Y., Pa, Texas and Va.) to attend the camp.

Among the highlights of the camp is the Blue-White flag football game played in Beaver Stadium with complete game day action, including dressing in the varsity locker room, training room use, video message board, officials, a public address announcer, audio clips soundtrack with music and cheers, and blue bus transport to the game, to make add to the authentic Penn State Football experience.

Practices and the game are open to invited guests and each night a special function will be held in a prestigious setting on campus, including the Letterman's Club, Mount Nittany Club, and the President's Suite in Beaver Stadium.

For more information, please contact Patrick Steenberge: 817-219-7274 / or go to:


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