Give a Seat to a Soldier

On September 15, Penn State hosts Navy for the first time in 38 years. The game has been dubbed “Military Appreciation Day” in honor of the veterans who have served their country, or are currently serving in the military.

In a joint partnership between the Athletic Department and Adult Learner Programs, as well as services in Student Affairs, a “Seats for Soldiers” campaign is underway asking for donations to honor members of the military during the game.

Even though the campaign is called “Seats for Soldiers,” veterans from all branches of the military, including; seamen, airmen, Marines, etc. are invited to the game.

Lauren King has been working with the Office of Student Affairs, Athletic Department and local veterans groups to get tickets. She realized that tickets and transportation costs were expensive, and having the Seats for Soldiers campaign was a good way to invite the veterans  to “their” football game where they would be honored. The event would also provide an opportunity for the community to help contribute to a to a noble cause.

Under the program, for $70 anyone can donate a seat to a soldier. Donations will be labeled with the donor’s name or their company, as well as a message to thank the veterans and servicemen and women for their service.

The seats will be located in the upper north end zone, adjacent to where the Navy visiting fans will be seated. All of the veterans will be sitting together, and not mixed throughout the crowd.

Currently, 24 seats have been donated. King said the original goal was ambitiously set for 400 seats, and she hopes that the word will spread about the campaign. She did not want to turn anyone away for this project.

If you would like to donate a seat for a veteran, or if you are interested in attending the game, you can email Lauren at [email protected]

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Meghin Moore

Meghin is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in English. She transferred from the Harrisburg campus as a junior to finish out her schooling at University Park. She has a passion for all things music, fashion, art, and food. She's a Pennsylvania native (born outside of Pittsburgh, and lived in Lebanon for 11 years), but resides in Virginia when she's not in school, and has moved a total of ten times in her life, mostly thanks to the military.

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