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Penn State And Maryland To Compete In First-Ever Toys 4 Tots Challenge

Penn State and Maryland are looking to add more fuel to the fire in their budding Big Ten rivalry. The two competing schools’ men’s and women’s basketball programs will partner with Toys 4 Tots — a charity foundation that collects and donates new, unwrapped toys to less fortunate children. Its goal is simply to ensure that each child will receive presents for Christmas. Each school’s program will ask its fan base to bring toys to donate to the charity on select games.

The Toys 4 Tots challenge will take place twice, so Penn State fans will get double the opportunities to give back to a great cause. They can choose to attend the Lady Lions’ home game against Virginia Tech on December 3 or the men’s game on December 5 against Eastern Michigan. Those that bring unwrapped gifts will receive $5 off their admission ticket. After both games are played and the number of presents donated get tallied up, a winner between the two fan bases will be decided. Hopefully, Penn State will be able to get at least this victory against Maryland, as the Terrapins will surely be one of the tougher opponents the Nittany Lions face on the basketball court this season.

Centre County Toys 4 Tots has partnered up with the Penn State basketball programs for 20 years now. Both head coaches, Pat Chambers and Coquese Washington, are strong supporters of the charity, as they served as co-chairs for the foundation’s campaign in 2012.

Only toys donated on the official Toys 4 Tots games will count towards the total.

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is a junior English and Journalism major at Penn State. He loves spending way too much money on concerts and music festivals. Ben can usually be found walking around campus listening to Kanye West. A fun fact about him is he once was resuscitated from unconsciousness by Pusha T's verse on the song "Mercy." Feel free to contact him at [email protected] or follow him on twitter at @Benrappp.

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