If Laura Marchs dream came true, this years Blue Out at Beaver Stadium would become as big as the IFC/Panhellenic Council Dance Marathon.
The second annual Blue Out, which takes place Saturday during the Nittany Lions football game against Temple, seeks to raise child sex abuse awareness and donate money to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. The Blue Out comes almost one year after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The first event took place a week after the Sandusky charges, in a game against Nebraska.
I think that having this extra time to prepare has been a godsend this year, said March, cofounder of the Blue Out effort. Having the event again this year will help to keep the issue of sex abuse at the forefront, she added.
Sales from the $15 Blue Out T-shirts will go to PCAR, and there also will be a message scrolling on Beaver Stadium screens so fans can donate during the game. Texting prevent to 80077 will donate $10 to the nonprofit.
The organizers also will have people canning at each of the stadium entrances and have people roaming the area to try and make this years event bigger than last years.
But March said its not just about sex abuse awareness, the main goal is to bring the whole community together. She said the effort is looking to each person to make one promise to help make State College a better place.
March added that she is glad the team picked up the theme of awareness by adding the blue ribbon to their uniforms this year.
It was so wonderful to see, she said. I feel really honored to have a small part in this.
She said she has been in contact with the student group One Heart so they can take over the event next year when she and cofounder Stuart Shapiro graduate to keep it a student-organized, grass-roots event.
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