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THON 2022 Featured On ESPN’s College GameDay

Although Happy Valley has played host to ESPN’s College GameDay for five straight football seasons, the college basketball version of the show has never made its rounds to campus.

However, on Saturday morning’s episode from the University of Arizona, College GameDay cut to live coverage of THON from the Bryce Jordan Center to support the 667 Penn State student dancers.

“We showed you the big upset in Bryce Jordan Center earlier this week between Penn State and Michigan State, but there is something that is even a bigger dance going on right now,” host Rece Davis said.

“It’s a great thing, and it’s certainly a worthy thing going on,” Davis continued.

Shortly after THON’s appearance, ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski transitioned into a story about Justin Hardy, a Washington University in St. Louis basketball player who was diagnosed with stage-four stomach cancer last April.

Hardy, a senior, was originally given a 12-to-18-month timetable for survivorship. Ultimately, the forward beat the odds and recently matched a career-high 28-point output two weeks ago against Case Western Reserve after willing his way back into playing shape.

To catch the full version of Hardy’s testimony, click here.

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Connor Krause

Connor Krause is a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania double majoring in journalism and business. He is a lifelong Penn State football and basketball fan and enjoys rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. In his free time, Connor can be found playing golf or pick-up basketball. You can follow his Twitter and Instagram @ckrause_31.

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