Penn State Football Dominates The 2016 THON Pep Rally
The THON 2016 Pep Rally rocked the BJC Saturday night with carefully choreographed dances from Penn State sports teams. Devon Still and daughter Leah got the crowd ready to rock with a rousing “We Are!” chant.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve been back here,” Devon Still said. “I want to show everyone what Penn State is all about.” As for Leah, the recently cancer-free five-year old encouraged everyone to “keep dancing!”
From there, the Pep Rally coordinators introduced the theme of the 2016 Pep Rally: Fight For The Future. Then, Pep Rally hosts Devon Still and PJ Mullen took the stage. The two explained a new setup for the hour-long dance competition: men vs. women, with the two groups competing against one another other. A winner was then selected from each group and the two winning groups chose a representative to duel it out in an epic dance battle that determined who took home the 2016 Pep Rally title. We’re getting a little ahead of ourselves though.
Men’s rugby got the Pep Rally started with a mash-up of “Shout” and “Twist and Shout.” Dressed in the tackiest of Hawaiian shirts, the team capped off their performance with an epic Dirty Dancing style lift.
The men’s golf team was up next. They ended their dance with the throwback hit from High School Musical “We’re All In This Together,” with which the crowd promptly sang along. Football followed the golf team, wowing the crowd with impressive flips and enough dabbing to last all 46 line dances.
Appropriately, the men’s volleyball team’s dance featured tossing volleyballs around. Up next, the fencing team threw in a classic dance move into their routine: the worm. The men’s tennis team aced the “One, Two Step,” while the men’s gymnastics squad team to “Cotton Eyed Joe.”
The men’s soccer team had the crowd cracking up with a faux synchronized swimming routine. Finally, the reigning champion men’s hockey team took the stage. Their performance ended with a THON child decked out in a Penn State hockey jersey shooting a “puck” into the crowd.
After all of the men’s teams left everything on the stage, their fates were left up to the judges. The vote was close, but the win ended up going to the football team.
Next, the ladies’ teams took the stage. The women’s rugby team was decked out just like their male counterparts, in tacky Hawaiian shirts. The eclectic costumes continued with the women’s soccer team, who dressed as grandmas while dancing to the likes of “Soulja Boy” and “Beat It.”
Women’s gymnastics did all sorts of tricks to the tune of “Who Run The World (Girls),” while women’s hockey whipped and nae-naed in baseball tees and flannels. Women’s golf brought the BJC back to childhood with a perfectly choreographed “Hey Now (What Dreams Are Made Of)” from The Lizzy McGuire Movie.
Women’s field hockey was dressed to the nines for their Michael Jackson-inspired number, while women’s volleyball wore some pretty far-out silver pants for their space-themed number.
The judges had a clear winner for the women’s round: NCAA Champion women’s soccer. So the final showdown was set: football vs. women’s soccer. Before the deciding dance-off, the Lionettes took the stage with their THON child.
An intense dance battle to say the least, the crowd and judges agreed on a winner: Football’s moves reigned supreme.
The Pep Rally certainly did its job, as the BJC was rocking. Congrats to the football team, and every other team that performed FTK!
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