Despite what you may have read on Twitter from the “village idiots” as Evil Bill calls them, Penn Staters truly do care about children and raising awareness of child abuse. A Twitter effort started by Penn State alumni raised over $500,000 in the weeks following the announcement of the charges against Jerry Sandusky for RAINN. We all know about the amazing efforts of Penn State students at THON, which eclipsed $10 million for the first time this year. It’s time to add another to that list.
At the Nebraska game last season, two Penn State graduate students, Laura March and Stuart Shapiro, lead the effort to turn Beaver Stadium into a sea of Blue, the official color of child abuse awareness. According to Laura and Stuart, proceeds from t-shirt sales and stadium canning raised over $47,000 for child abuse prevention charities. Along with One Heart and the PSU Athletic Department, they are planning on making this an annual tradition, continuing on September 22nd at the Temple game. According to Shaprio in an Onward State article, “we are aiming for [the Blue Out] to become an annual event like THON as a way to never forget our continuous responsibility to make our communities better”.
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