On Sunday, I had the privilege of attending the Penn State men’s basketball banquet. Yes, privilege!
As I interacted with and then listened to the speeches of the players the same theme resounded over and over.
These are quality young men who work hard, play hard and are committed to getting and completing the academic requirements necessary to get their degrees.
The keynote of each speech contained the words family, home and support.
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Any sports banquet you attend at Penn State will provide the same experience. You will see quality young men and women who, because of their learning and playing experiences at this university have matured and are intellectually and athletically ready to take their place in life.
Forget about the lack of positive examples displayed by the non-elected board of trustees and the dysfunctional alumni association.
Be assured there are individuals at this university who are doing the right things, the right way. These are the coaches and educators who have embraced the qualities of honesty, trust, responsibility, ethics and integrity.
These are your true university leaders. They are the ones who are ensuring that each student-athlete who commits to Penn State has the opportunity to be provided with a family and learning environment to nurture and help them grow. Know that you as a fan of a sports program at Penn State you are not just attending a competition, you are reassuring the student-athletes that they are family and we care and support them in their endeavors.