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February 15, 2013

Chambers to present THON check Friday afternoon

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.; FEB. 15, 2013 - Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers will present a check for $14,200 to Penn State Dance Marathon Friday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.

"My wife, Courtney, and I talked at length about it and we wanted to make a powerful statement," Chambers said. "THON has just blown me away, it's a phenomenal event. We are very fortunate to have three young children and they are all healthy, so I'm very lucky. That is where it started for us."

Chambers, who pledged to donate $10 for every Penn State student that attended the Nittany Lions' clash with Iowa on Thursday night prior to the THON event, will address the gathering of more than 700 dancers and thousands of student volunteers from the THON stage at the Jordan Center prior to the beginning of the 46-hour event, which kicks off at 6:00 p.m. Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon.

"THON has just blown me away. It really has," Chambers said. "I don't get nervous in front of people. I was nervous last year (speaking to THON) when I looked up and looked around. That was powerful to me, for me. I'm sure it was for my team. That's stuck with me since. This is what I'm doing this year. Hopefully, in the future I can do more."

A raucous student section of 1,420 helped cheer the Nittany Lions on in a close and exciting 74-72 loss to Iowa on Thursday. Chambers will make the THON appearance just prior to the Nittany Lions' departure for Ann Arbor, Mich. for a match-up with the No. 4-ranked Wolverines at noon on Sunday.

"The students were great, the fans were great," said Chambers who also shaved his head in support of the No Hair. Don't Care campaign raising funds for THON. "That's the loudest I've ever heard that place. It definitely helped out the atmosphere, which was great. More importantly, my wife, Courtney, and I are going to make a great donation to the cause. I look forward to giving them that check today."

The world's largest student run philanthropy, THON raised a record of more than $10.6 million last year and has raised more than $89 million since its inception in 1977 to support the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

"I have so much respect for THON and the Penn State students that make it such a great event," Chambers said. "We wanted to help them reach their goal this year."

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