Penn State Basketball: Chambers Pledges Upwards of Thousands to THON
Men's basketball coach Pat Chambers will donate $10 to THON for every Penn State student that attends the Nittany Lions’ Thursday night contest against Iowa in the Bryce Jordan Center at 9 Thursday night, the university announced Monday.
Penn State students are asked to show their Penn State student ID to pick up a pledge card on the Jordan Center concourse near Portal 31 between 8-9:15 p.m. Thursday. The pledge cards will be collected from students (one per student) beginning with five minutes remaining in the second half of Thursday’s game or can be turned in after the game at a collection bin at the Gate A exit of the Jordan Center.
For Chambers and the rest of the Penn State basketball program, the battle against cancer hit home extra hard following the loss of star point guard DJ Newbill's mother prior to the season. Chambers was an active member of the cancer awareness community before the loss of Newbill's mother, but the cause has played a unique role in the program's focus this year.
The Penn State basketball student section, known as Nittany Nation, has fluctuated in size all season with a few crowds totaling more than a few thousand students. A strong showing Thursday night could call for an impressive donation from Chambers. Nittany Nation's largest showing in 2009 against No. 23 ranked Illinois was in the area of almost 10,000 students.
THON raised a record of more than $10.6 million last year and has raised more than $89 million since its inception in 1977.