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Two Former Penn State Soccer Stars Turn To GoFundMe After House Fire

All five people, including former Penn State soccer stars Tiffany Weimer and Britt Eckerstrom, and both dogs survived a serious house fire but unfortunately almost everything else is gone.

Weimer played forward from 2002-2005 at Penn State and was named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy before she was drafted in to the NWSL. She is teammates with Ali Krieger on the Washington Spirit. Eckerstrom was the starting goalie in her senior season this past fall, leading the team to its first-ever National Championship before being drafted by the Western New York Flash.

The fire’s cause is unknown but it is believed to have started in the garage, and it stripped the NWSL players of their belongings just two days before preseason. The incident was written about in a Medium post and a GoFundMe page for recovery funds is taking off to help Weimer, Eckerstrom, and the rest of the victims replace valuables such as clothing, cars, and soccer essentials.

In its first day, the fund already raised nearly $20,000.

“I can’t believe it,” Weimer wrote. “We are so thankful for anyone who helps us. We realize it takes special people to act when others are in need. The smallest bit helps. The Eckerstroms are the best of the best people in the world, truly. Going through this with them and you has given us strength…These words don’t convey our gratitude enough but thank you all.”

You can donate here to help the former Penn State stars in need.

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Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected]


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