UNIVERSITY PARK — For more than a decade, Penn State football players have set aside one summer weekend dedicated to vanquishing a foe off the gridiron.
On Saturday, the Nittany Lions will continue their battle against kidney cancer when the 12th Annual Uplifting Athletes Lift for Life competition gets underway at the Penn State Lacrosse Field. Teams of Penn State players will square off in multiple strength and conditioning drills starting at 11 a.m.
Entrance to Lift For Life is $10 for adults while children 12 and under get in free. Penn State students will be admitted for free by presenting their student IDs. All proceeds from the event will go to the Kidney Cancer Association. To date, Penn State players have raised more than $825,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association, including totals surpasing $100,000 each of the last three years.
Uplifting Athletes president Ben Kline said he and his teammates’ goal is to push Penn State’s 12-year total to $1 million.
This year’s format will pit offensive players against their defensive counterparts in seven events. Players will compete in a 225-pound bench press max, dead lifts, weighted sled pushes, tractor tire flips, shuttle and tug runs and a tug of war.
Players will be available for autographs and photos from 1 to 2 p.m. The jerseys worn in the team’s Blue-White game will be auctioned off, with those proceeds going to the Kidney Cancer Association as well.
Gates next to the Ashenfelter Multi-Sport Building will open at 10:15 a.m.
Lucas named to watch list
Junior cornerback Jordan Lucas has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, Penn State announced Friday.
It is Lucas’ second preseason watch list nomination this summer. He also is a preseason candidate for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player.
The Jim Thorpe Award, established in 1986, is given to the nation’s top defensive back.
Lucas had a breakout sophomore season in 2013. He started all 12 games and tied for third in the Big Ten with 16 passes defended. Lucas’ three interceptions tied for the team lead and he led Penn State with 13 pass breakups.
The metropolitan New York City product was third on the team with 64 tackles, leading the squad with 45 solo stops. He also recorded 4.5 tackles for loss (minus-20 yards), one sack and forced two fumbles.