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August 7, 2012It's official.
Penn State football uniforms are changing for the 2012 season, for the first time including last names on the back of jerseys, along with a blue ribbon "to support all victims of child abuse," according to a Sports Information Department release.
"I'm proud that our players want to be part of the University's efforts to help victims of child abuse," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "We hope our fans join us in wearing blue ribbons to all Penn State home games. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children everywhere."
According to the release, after speaking with some players on the team, the decision was made to add names to the uniforms in an effort to "hold each other accountable to uphold the traditions of Penn State football, both on and off the field," according to Joyner.
"We want our fans to know and recognize these young men," O'Brien said. "They have stuck together during tough times, and I commend them for the leadership they have shown. Moving forward, I'm deeply committed to honoring Penn State's traditions, while building a bright future for our football program."
Further, the uniform changes offer an opportunity for Penn State to demonstrate once again how committed it is to fighting child abuse while supporting its many victims, Joyner said.
"The Penn State community stands with all victims of child abuse," Dave Joyner, acting athletic director, said. "Coach Bill O'Brien and his football team made it clear they want to support victims and bring more awareness to this issue, which affects so many."
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