for the kids!

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Raise the Jolly Roger, FTK

Join Penn Staters and THON aficionados for Penn State Games to benefit THON on Friday, August 10th and Sunday, August 12th! These two games will take place at PNC Park in Pittsburgh as the Pirates take on the San Diego Padres, FTK.

Not only will these games give you an opportunity to reunite with your THON organization, Committee, or Independent Dancer pair before school begins, but a portion of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to THON! Friday, August 10th is also Free Shirt Friday, and everyone knows how much Penn Staters love free tees.

First pitch on Friday, 8/10 is at 7:05pm and at 1:35pm on Sunday 8/12, so grab your friends, and come on out to PNC Park! Help us take over PNC Park by purchasing tickets benefiting THON here:

Make sure you RSVP on the Official Facebook Event!

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THON T-shirt Quilt Made Easy!

THON merch is essential to spread awareness as well as raise funds in the fight against pediatric cancer. Whether you are walking around campus or your hometown, THON gear illustrates to people your commitment to the fight. T-shirts from THONs past serve not only as a reminder of your THON family, your committee or that year’s logo, but also as a keepsake of your dedicated support for the kids.

There are probably many students who could sport a different THON shirt each day from 100 Days ‘til THON until THON Weekend. So, what can you do with those THON shirts that have accumulated over the years? Getting rid of them is certainly not an option. To anyone with extra time on your hands this summer and an abundance of THON shirts, here is a great way to clear out your overflowing t-shirt drawer and make a keepsake of your favorite THON memories.

Heather Cummings, 2012 PSU grad, tackles the task!


  • As many THON shirts as you can find
  • Fabric cutter (looks like a pizza cutter)
  • Cutting board
  • Cotton fabric for the back of the quilt (Heather suggests a PSU theme fabric!)
  • Stabilizer
  • Batting (for you non-crafty folks this is the cotton-like filling)
  • Sewing machine or thread and needle

1. Cut each shirt into a large enough square to feature the image or design of the shirt.
Tip: Heather found 14 inches x 14 inches squares worked for her shirts
Tip: Use the cutting board to place in the shirt to cut the front of the shirt first then the back.

2.  Sew stabilizer to the back of each shirt square. This prevents the squares from stretching when you sew the patches together.

3. Sew the squares together into rows, and then sew the rows together into columns.

4. Sew the cotton fabric to the back.
Tip: Leave a corner or edge unsewn to stuff your quilt.

5. Add the batting to the inside of the quilt, and sew the un open corner or edge.

There you have it! A THON themed t-shirt quilt definitely will come in handy during the cold State College winter. It also makes a great gift for your THON family or Captain!

Good luck to anyone who is up for the task! Be sure to email, Tweet @THON or post pictures to our Facebook wall (Penn State Dance Marathon) when you finish your THON t-shirt quilt.      

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Welcome, Class of 2016!

Today is the first day of classes for the newest members of the Penn State family. This group of recent high school graduates are now full-blown college kids, lanyards and all. Penn State is a large university filled with opportunities to get involved in any way one could ever imagine. In fact, there are 947 clubs to get involved in at Penn State. So, incoming freshmen, why should you become a THON volunteer?

Chelsea Pierce, THON 2012 Communications Captain said, “You’ll never experience anything like THON anywhere else. You can be a part of the Penn State family by making a difference in the life of a child. Have you ever wanted to make a difference in someone’s life? Here’s your chance. Get involved with THON and see how you can put your heart into a cause that unites over 15,000 other hearts on campus.”

Still not convinced?

"It’s one of the biggest activities at Penn State and a great way to meet people and form bonds," says Ally Greer, THON 2012 dancer and former Penn State Marketing Association THON chair, "Everyone I know who didn’t get involved in THON freshman year wished they had."

There are many ways to get involved in THON. You can join a participating student organization, volunteer as a captain or committee member, start your own THON organization, attempt to dance independently, or attend any THON event through the year. For more information about getting involved, check out our How to Get Involved page. You can also contact Jenna Adams at with additional questions.

Welcome to Happy Valley and undoubtedly some of the best years of your life. Don’t waste one minute; get involved!

Filed under volunteers getting involved freshmen

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Nothing beats Hershey’s care! We are so proud of everyone at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital on the amazing ranking as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country. You are an inspiration to us all. FTK!

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Every single moment takes you in for a whirlwind and changes you forever, and for the better. These kids are our inspiration, and we walk side by side with them throughout each stage of their journey. We allow them to be children again. We let them be the heroes and princesses that they are.
Every single moment takes you in for a whirlwind and changes you forever, and for the better. These kids are our inspiration, and we walk side by side with them throughout each stage of their journey. We allow them to be children again. We let them be the heroes and princesses that they are.

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THON 2013 Important Dates

Mark your calendars: THON 2013 is right around the corner! Below are important dates for the upcoming year; they can also be found here

  • Canning Weekend #1: September 28-30, 2012
  • Canning Weekend #2: October 19-21, 2012 
  • Canning Weekend #3: November 9-11, 2012 
  • THON 5K: October 13, 2012
  • THON Weekend: February 15-17, 2013

Please note, the fundraising window for THON 2013 will begin September 28th.

The THON 2013 Overall Committee understands that these dates differ from previous years; if you have any questions or concerns please contact Communications Overall, Jenna Adams, at or Public Relations Overall, Cat Powers, at

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Gloomy weather got you feeling down? Check out this inspiring video by Seattle Children’s Hospital cancer patient Chris Rumble. We are all fighting the same fight…For The Kids!

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THON 2013 Overall Committee Guide

Here is a complete guide of who’s who for THON 2013! 

Overall - Will Martin (@wmartin30)
Communications - Jenna Adams (@JennaRAdams)
Donor and Alumni Relations - Michael Ringenbach (@mringenbach)
Entertainment - Joey Cassidy (@joey_cass)
Family Relations - Sarah Miele (@smiele89)
Finance - Jen Stipa  (@JLSTIP)
Hospitality - John Mazzochette (@JohnMazzochette)
Merchandise - Ryan Patrick (@Rye_Patrick)
Morale - Melanie Sessa (@melanielynns)
OPPerations - Michelle Gettle (@michellegettle) 
Public Relations - Cat Powers (@iamcatpowers)
Rules and Regulations - Mike Wellner (@MikeWellner)
Special Events - Lakshmi Kolandra (@LKolandra)
Supply Logistics - Matt Scorzafave (@matt_scorz)
Technology - Chris Kessler (@ChrisKessler3)

This group of dedicated students was selected at the end of March and has already begun working to ensure THON 2013 is a success! We look forward to seeing what you will accomplish FTK. Congratulations and always remember to Dream With Your Heart! 

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THON Sluggers

Spring is here, and the THON 2013 season is in full swing!  Head over to Lubrano Park on Sunday, April 15 to watch Penn State Baseball take on the Michigan Wolverines.  The start time is 1:05 pm and there will be Four Diamonds children throwing out pitches during the game.  Tickets are $2 with a Student ID and you can buy them at the gates or online.  The gates open at noon on Sunday, so make sure that you’re there to support THON and Penn State Baseball!