Penn State will open the 2015 season in Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia when they visit the Temple Owls. But just a little over a month before the first kickoff, Penn State head coach James Franklin will be seen across the street throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Citizens Bank Park.
Prior to the July 30 National League contest between the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves, Franklin will kick off THON night at Citizens Bank Park. THON is the student-run philanthropy organization with an annual dance marathon at Penn State that has raised money for the Four Diamonds Fund and children fighting pediatric cancer. This past spring’s dance marathon raised over $13 million.
Net proceeds from THON Night at the Phillies game will be donated to benefit THON. Considering the attendance issues for the dreadful Phillies, here’s hoping this event sells plenty of tickets to the Penn State alumni in the Philadelphia region. Franklin likes to encourage 107,000 fans for every Penn State home game. For this, he would have to settle for 43,000.
Earlier this season Franklin tossed the first pitch before a New York Yankees game, an invitation extended as a result of Penn State defeating Boston College in last season’s Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium. Now all he will have to do is enter PNC Park in Pittsburgh to throw out the first pitch before a Pirates game. That would add another wrinkle to the Penn State-Pitt rivalry.
Penn State begins the 2015 season at Temple on September 5.
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