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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Set For 20th Anniversary CvC Golf Tournament

by on June 01, 2016 2:00 PM

Penn State basketball will take part in the highlight event of the offseason for the 20th straight year as fundraisers take to the Penn State golf courses on Thursday and Friday for the annual Coaches Versus Cancer Golf Tournament.

Festivities begin Thursday with the Sponsor/Captain Reception at the new Penn State Golf Course Pavilion and continue all day Friday with two flights of golf on Penn State’s picturesque Blue and White Courses and an evening reception in Beaver Stadium’s Mount Nittany Club. Approximately 300 golfers and 60 groups are participating in the tournament, which stands as the flagship event for a year-round CVC-Penn State program. CVC-Penn State topped the $2.5 million mark in fundraising this year and is promptly beginning the push to $3 million. 

The annual Silent Auction has moved online for the first time, giving everyone the opportunity to bid on items that include jewelry, athletics tickets, gift certificates for food or services, plus numerous memorabilia items. Among them is a signed Tim Frazier NBA jersey and a signed jersey from Stanley Cup finalist Carl Hagelin. Anyone can create a Bidding for good account and place bids here, until 9 p.m. Thursday.

Former Nittany Lion head coaches Jerry Dunn and Bruce Parkhill, along with players Brian Allen (1986-89), Dave Angstadt (1974-76), Wally Choice (1981-84), Nick Colella (2012-13), Joe Crispin (1998-2001), Jon Crispin (2000-01), Chuck Crist (1970-72), Pete Lisicky (1995-98), Kevin Montminy(2012-15), Tyler Smith (1999-2002), Jarrett Stephens (1996-2000) and Alan Wisniewski (2012-15) all will be on hand Friday.

Parkhill founded the Penn State chapter of Coaches vs. Cancer in 1995 with the first golf tournament taking place in 1997 under the leadership of Dunn.

Five-time NBA Champion Ron Harper will tee it up with a group as he participates in the CvC tourney for the third-consecutive year, while former Villanova standout and NBA forward turned Penn State Altoona head coach, Doug West, joins the list of CVC captains for the first time.

Big Ten Network analyst Shon Morris also is making his third trip in a row to Happy Valley for the golf tournament and will share featured BTN guest duties with former Nittany Lion Jon Crispin. 

James Franklin is slated to participate in select events Thursday and Friday, while eight other Nittany Lion head coaches – Rob Cooper (baseball), John Gondak (track and field), Char Morett (field hockey), Greg Nye (men’s golf), Mark Pavlik (men’s volleyball), Jeff Tambroni (men’s lacrosse), Jeff Thompson (women’s gymnastics) and Bob Warming (men’s soccer) – each will golf alongside groups.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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