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Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany To Be Keynote Speaker At Penn State’s ‘Athlete Well-Being Summit’

Penn State athletics announced on Thursday that it will co-sponsor the Athlete Well-Being Summit, set to take place on April 23-25 at the Penn Stater Conference Hotel. The conference is designed “to identify best practices and other solutions to the physical, social, psychological and educational risks faced by athletes,” per a release.

A free event titled “TrueSport U: Becoming a TrueSport Family” will kick off the conference on Thursday, April, 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Rec Hall, featuring James Franklin, U.S. Olympic swimmer Peter Vanderkaay, and other Penn State coaches and student-athletes. Among the topics discussed will be how to build a true sports culture, select the right programs for children, and maintain a sport-life balance.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will be a keynote speaker, alongside former Penn State basketball player and Homecoming Grand Marshall John Amaechi. Delany is set to give his address on Friday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m., while Amaechi will lead a goal-setting session titled “More Chance of Being Hit by a Meteor: What to do when your dreams defy probability and exceed other people’s imagination” on Saturday morning.

Delany’s appearance is certain to raise eyebrows, considering the tense relationship in recent years between the Big Ten and Penn State. The Big Ten was markedly silent on its sanctions against the university over the last few months while its penalties continued to hamstring the athletic department. It wasn’t until two weeks ago, a month after the removal of the NCAA sanctions from the Corman settlement, that the conference finally decided to give the university back its share of bowl revenue, beginning next season.

Registration for the three-day event is $75 for students and $399 for general admission, including lunch and dinner on Friday. To register and view the agenda and full roster of speakers, click here.

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CJ Doon

CJ is a senior journalism major from Long Island and Onward State's Sports Editor. He is a third-generation Penn Stater, and his grandfather wrestled for the university back in the 1930s under coach Charlie “Doc” Speidel. Besides writing, one of his favorite activities is making sea puns. You can follow him on Twitter @CJDoon, and send your best puns to [email protected], just for the halibut.

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