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Nittany Lions and families to share Thanksgiving at Pollock Dining Commons

There’s no denying that Thanksgiving and football belong together.

It is in the spirit of that great and enduring romance that the Pollock Dining Commons will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner for members of the Penn State football team and their families.

“We really get to put our best foot forward to show the team we appreciate all they do for the university,” said Geno Corradetti, manager of Pollock Dining Commons.

We really get to put our best foot forward to show the team we appreciate all they do for the university.

Geno Corradetti, manager of Pollock Dining Commons

While the football team prepares to challenge the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, Corradetti and his staff are busy spreading tablecloths and polishing the silverware.

The Nittany Lions dine at Pollock every day — they’ll even be having breakfast there early Thursday morning — so extra care is taken on Thanksgiving to make sure that the buffet stands out from the many other meals that are eaten there over the course of any given season.

“We try to make it as formal as possible for the guys,” Corradetti said.

He was expecting to receive a final head count for the buffet at any moment, but estimates that they could end up serving as many as 250 guests — players, coaches, trainers, and let’s not forget the hearty helping of assorted family members.

It kind of really brings everyone together.

Geno Corradetti, manager of Pollock Dining Commons

This will all require a massive amount of food to sustain the two to three hot buffet lines that will be running throughout the meal, drawing support from a supply of 480 pounds of turkey, 130 pounds of ham and 100 pounds of mashed potatoes.

Corradetti said Pollock began prepping for the meal last weekend, with between 75 and 90 percent of the necessary setup already completed. Now they can take a step back and focus on providing a pleasant experience for the team and their families.

“It kind of really brings everyone together,” Corradetti said.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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