Penn State is applauding the donations to the university’s sports programs in the last school year.
“Nittany Lion Club members again demonstrated why Penn State has one of the nation’s most passionate and loyal fan bases by contributing $16.6 million in annual giving during the 2014-15 academic year to greatly assist Nittany Lion student-athletes and the nationally recognized 31-sport program,” Intercollegiate Athletics said in a release Tuesday.
According to Associate Athletic Director for Development Mark Wharton, more than 23,000 Nittany Lion Club members contributed through June 30. The amount was an increase of more than $1.4 million, or 8.7 percent, over the previous year.
The donations allow grant-in-aid support for the university’s roughly 800 student-athletes annually, including endowments and operational expenses that directly impact student-athletes for things such as academic and medical support.
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“We are grateful for the support of our engaged Nittany Lion Club members in embracing our commitment to providing Penn State student-athletes with a road map to achieve comprehensive excellence,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said. “The Penn State community is so passionate about our incredible student-athletes and what we are all about.”
The university said the number of members also grew by about 2,500.