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Give Gloves, Get Tan, Help America

Here in State College, individuals and groups strive to help others in whatever way they can. It’s only natural that we give our best to those who give their all.

The State College Spikes are teaming up with the B94.5 Morning Crew and Postal Express of State College to send America’s finest a key part of America’s pastime to show its appreciation. Behold, the “Gloves 4 Troops” campaign.

As the name suggests, the local minor league baseball team is sending used baseball gloves to the dedicated military personnel stationed around the world. The Spikes, B94.5 Morning Crew, and Postal Express of State College hope to reach their goal of receiving 200 baseball gloves by February 11.

Though it is unclear if baseballs or bats will be sent as well, those who would like to contribute to this cause may do so by dropping off their unwanted baseball gloves to the main offices at Medlar Field, at Postal Express located in the Walmart Shopping Plaza on North Atherton, the B94.5/Results Radio Station located at 160 Clearview Avenue in State College, or bring the gloves to any of the following events to be held:

  • The SpikesFest Event on Sunday, February 10th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penn State Indoor Multi Sport Facility.
  • “Box the Buck” Collection Event hosted by Postal Express on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 12-3 p.m., at Postal Express within the Walmart Shopping Plaza on North Atherton.

At the “Box the Buck” event, the B94.5 Morning Zoo Crew will be in attendance to provide live entertainment. As an added bonus, Simply Tan of State College will also be in attendance and reward TWO free tans to those who come and make a donation of baseball gloves.

And why “Box the Buck”? If the goal of 200 gloves donated is not reached by the end of the event, Ike, the Spikes’ mascot, will be shipped out to California. Hopefully the person inside the mascot tags along, too, because opening a box with a quite deflated and empty mascot would be undeniably creepy.

For those of you who have a baseball glove or two to spare lying around your home, give it a nice last look and consider donating it to those who give their lives so we don’t have to sacrifice all the things we love… *queue “Chicken Fried”*

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About the Author

Yuka Narisako

Yuka legally immigrated to the United States via airplane in 1996 from the small island nation of Japan. Since then she has migrated throughout the country and now identifies herself as a senior majoring in Architectural Engineering. The Shandygaff is her Happy Place, though she was once kicked out of the establishment after breaking her shoe and screaming “I LOVE DAY DRINKING. I’M HAVING FUN.” Yuka is overly enthusiastic about life in general, but especially Ja Rule, Halloween, and the puffy black vest she purchased from the Gap. You can reach her at [email protected], or through Twitter @yukahontass.


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