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Penn State NFL Prospects Dedicating Pro Day Drills To Charity

While Penn State football’s Pro Day is an incredibly important day for its participants, some Nittany Lions are going above and beyond to make the day special for those in need.

Pat Freiermuth, Shaka Toney, and Will Fries are all dedicating certain Pro Day drills toward charities of their choosing. Fries and Freiermuth are supporting “Reps For Rare Diseases,” while Toney is doing a “Bench for the Kids” pledge.

Freiermuth, perhaps the most prolific tight end in Penn State history, is asking folks to donate $1 for each inch he jumps in Thursday’s broad jump. He’s estimating a 114-inch leap, so folks are donating $114 to his Uplifting Athletes page. He’s already surpassed his goal of $2,500.

The money raised goes toward rare disease awareness and research while contributing toward other Uplifting Athletes programs.

Toney, who sits in Penn State’s top-10 all-time list for sacks, is asking donors to contribute per bench press rep, which he estimates to be 25. He’s raising money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America through the “Bench For The Kids” program. He’s also surpassed his fundraising goal, which was $3,500.

Similar to Freiermuth, Fries is raising money for rare diseases. He’s asking folks to donate per bench press rep, which he thinks will be 28. The offensive lineman set a fundraising goal of $2,000 and has surpassed that as well.

“I learned from some of my college teammates how rare diseases affect people they love, and it moved me to want to do something to help the 30 million Americans living with a rare disease,” Fries said on his Uplifting Athletes page.

Uplifting Athletes, the organization Fries and Freiermuth are raising money for, typically hosts Penn State’s “Lift For Life” event, which was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. In 2019, Nittany Lions raised more than $56,000 through the event.

Thursday’s Pro Day action will kick off at 11 a.m. on the Big Ten Network, as Penn State stars like Micah Parsons and Jayson Oweh will flash their skills in front of NFL scouts at Holuba Hall. While this year’s official NFL Combine was canceled, six Nittany Lions still received honorary invites.

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