Penn State Football: 'Rise and Rally' Event for Nittany Lions Tuesday
Alumni, students and other fans are coming together to demonstrate their support for the Penn State football team in the "Rise and Rally" event scheduled for 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The event, scheduled to be held in the Holuba Hall parking lot on the University Park campus, is a grassroots effort that has resulted from conversations about the recent NCAA sanctions and the reaction by members of the current team. Please note that this is an hour earlier than previously advertised.
"These guys are under a lot of pressure" said Keith Conlin, PSU football lettermen and event organizer. "Some of us started chatting on Facebook about how the community might show our support and this idea came up. The message needs to be loud and soon that the Penn State community stands with our team."
The Rise and Rally event will be an informal gathering in the parking lot of Holuba Hall to cheer on the team as they start morning workouts on Tuesday morning. Nittany Bank and Old State Clothing have agreed to provide coffee and donuts. People are urged to observe parking lot restrictions and are encouraged to park in the visitor's lots and parking garages on campus or downtown.
"We really want these players to realize how they will be immortalized in the minds of the Nittany Nation if they stay," said David Richards, CEO of Nittany Bank. "These kids will always be remembered for their loyalty. There have been thousands of players that have passed through here and been forgotten. These guys will not be among that group.
Conlin, who many know as "Goon," played for the Nittany Lions from 1991-1995, and is a sports podcast host on The Goon Show with Sweeney. Dave Richards and other members of the Nittany Bank team and Erin O' Leary of Old State Clothing were all present at the live broadcast of The Goon Show on Thursday night and stepped up to support the event with coffee and donuts. From there, the event has been advertised primarily through Facebook and Twitter. The Penn State Blue Band has volunteered to provide a Pep Band.
"We are hoping to get a lot of fans there to let the team know we are behind them" said Conlin. "After I talked to the coaches about how we can help, they said we need something soon. This seems like a great start."
The event will be available on live broadcast at goonshowpsu.com. For more information, view the Rise and Rally event page on Facebook.