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Char Morett-Curtiss & Christian Hackenberg To Host THON 2024 Pep Rally

This is is what legends are made of.

Former Penn State field hockey head coach and founder of Teammates for Life Char Morett-Curtiss and former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg are set to emcee the THON 2023 Pep Rally.

Morett-Curtiss, a Nittany Lion, led Penn State field hockey and lacrosse to historic seasons and was named a three-time first-team All-American during her collegiate eligibility from 1975 to 1979.

After participating in the Olympics with United States Lacrosse, Morett-Curtiss returned to Happy Valley to lead the field hockey team for 36 years, highlighted by 541 victories, eight Big Ten regular-season titles, seven Big Ten Coach of the Year honors, 30 NCAA Tournament appearances, six Final Fours, and more.

Following her head coaching retirement in 2023, Morett-Curtiss serves in an advisory role within Penn State Athletics as the founder of Teammates for Life, an initiative aimed toward creating equal postgraduate opportunities for female student-athletes.

Hackenberg arrived in Happy Valley in 2013 as a five-star quarterback from Palmyra, Virginia, amid sanctions within the Penn State football program in the wake of the Sandusky Scandal.

Hackenberg was named the 2013 Big Ten Football Freshman of the Year and broke 10 school records as in his first year as the starter under center for the Nittany Lions.

The play caller tallied 48 career touchdowns and 8,318 passing yards before declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft. Hackenberg was drafted by the New York Jets with the 51st overall pick in the second round and began the season as New York’s fourth-string quarterback.

He never remained a consistent character or starter as he bounced around the NFL until 2018.

Morett-Curtiss and Hackenberg will host the Pep Rally, which features squads within Penn State Athletics competing for the top prize in one of THON’s most highly-anticipated events. In 2023, Penn State women’s lacrosse took home the crown, though men’s gymnastics, the Lionettes, and football are always crowd favorites.

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