The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local Sports

July 12, 2013

Nittany Lions lift for charity

STATE COLLEGE — Some may view the Penn State football team’s signature charity event – Lift for Life – as a simple fundraiser, but the Nittany Lions aren’t among them.

The players saw it as a chance to help beat kidney cancer and show off some of the grueling workouts they endure to get a leg up on the competition heading into the start of fall drills on Aug. 4.

“Lift for Life a lot of people see as an event. But for us, and Fitz (Director of Strength and Conditioning for Football Craig Fitzgerald), it’s a workout,” said offensive lineman Ty Howle, who serves as the Penn State Uplifting Athletes’ director of operations. “We’re going to lift hard. It’s not something that’s chalked up; it’s still a hard workout for us.”

Fellow offensive linemen Eric Shrive (president) and Adam Gress (vice president) and Howle form the leadership of Penn State’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes, a national organization that raises funds for research into rare diseases, those that affect fewer than 200,000 Americans. All three agree that the Nittany Lions’ offseason conditioning program gives the team an edge.

“It absolutely makes all the difference. Games are won on Saturdays, but the work is put in during the summer and winter. That all comes back to Fitz and how he pushes us through the workouts,” Gress said.

“It’s definitely satisfying. It’s definitely a confidence boost. To see yourself get the kind of results that we do from doing the work we do through summer, through the winter, it’s definitely something that makes you more confident in the way you’ll play overall.”

With the season opener against Syracuse on Aug. 31 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., fewer than 50 days away, several hundred fans turned out Friday to the Penn State lacrosse field. Three offensive squads competed against three from the defense in six different tests of strength and speed.

Through the start of the event, Shrive said more than $113,000 had been raised. When the final total is announced early next week, Shrive said the total raised in the 11 years of the event will approach $850,000.

For Shrive, the event has taken on personal significance. His uncle – Marty King of Scranton – was diagnosed with kidney cancer two years ago. He’s doing well now, Shrive said.

“That served as a little bit more motivation for me. It helped me raise some more money. I saw what he went through and it pushed me to raise more money,” he said.

It’s also a chance to show a positive side of the program that is sometimes lost in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.

“Anyone who wants to challenge the culture at Penn State can look at the past 10 years of Lift for Life and how it’s grown every year. We’re into hundreds of thousands of dollars raised,” Shrive said. “Go find another football team in the country that’s doing that on an annual basis.”

Notes: The Big Ten on Thursday announced its football schedules for 2016 and 2017, signaling the beginning of nine-game conference slates. Penn State will play five home games in even-numbered years and four in odd-numbered seasons. Penn State will play the six other members of the Big Ten’s Eastern Division (Rutgers, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State) and three teams from the Western Division.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • SRU vs UPJ baseball0418 1 UPJ takes one, drops second

    John Fees’ spring baseball season accurately mirrors that of his Pitt-Johnstown team.
    Fees started slow, losing his first four decisions, but has rebounded nicely in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pirates 0418 Brewers ward off late Pirates rally bid

    Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.
    Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drama lacking sans Tiger

    If professional golf saw its future at Augusta National last weekend, the sight had to be worse than choking on a 5-foot putt.
    The course was there in all its splendor.

    April 18, 2014

  • Penguins 0418 Penguins are wary of spunky Blue Jackets

    Sidney Crosby is used to the attention. It comes with the territory when you’re the best hockey player in the world.
    Still, the Pittsburgh Penguins star knows the spotlight becomes more acute in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates 0417 Pirates power past Brewers

    Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
    Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Penguins 0417 Jackets preparing for Game 2

    The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t feel they’re doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
    “It’s not about missed chances, or feeling sorry about it,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said at Thursday’s optional workout, 13 hours after falling 4-3 in Pittsburgh.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Sports Briefs

    April 17, 2014

  • racin 0416 Jennerstown Speedway gearing for May open

    Jennerstown Speedway released a very ambitious schedule on its website and continues to prepare for its 2014 reopening.
    The track is set to hold a practice day for drivers as well as an open house and media day on April 26.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘Hawks already building toward next season

    Jason Spence used up his cell phone’s battery on a trip from Johnstown to his parents’ home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Once the Johnstown Tomahawks coach got to his destination, Spence had to get creative to secure cell service across the border.

    April 16, 2014

  • Pirates 0416 Dominant Cueto drops Pirates in matinee

    That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn’t any more special.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism
Poll

Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide