Penn State Women’s Volleyball To Hold First-Ever ‘Silent Set’ Against Michigan State
No. 5 Penn State women’s volleyball will hold its first-ever “Silent Set” against Michigan State on Wednesday, September 25, to raise awareness and support for the International Week of the Deaf, the team announced Tuesday night.
Fans are encouraged to remain silent from the match’s opening serve until Penn State scores its ninth point.
That number is no coincidence, though. Right side Jonni Parker, who wears No. 9, was born with a rare condition that only allows her to hear about 40 percent in her left ear and 45 percent in her right. She’s worn hearing aids since age 4.
“I think the Silent Set is an amazing opportunity to bring awareness and support to those with hearing loss,” Parker said. “I believe we all should inspire one another to achieve our best every day and encourage others to chase greatness, regardless of the situation.”
All fans in attendance will receive a flyer instructing them on certain cheers, volleyball terms, and how to applaud using sign language. Members of the pep band and student section will also receive t-shirts with “Penn State” spelled out in sign language across it.
More information about the promotion for Wednesday night’s 8 p.m. match can be found here.
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