Penn State's annual THON game at PNC Park has its official date — and a special guest.
In an unprecedented move by Penn State and Four Diamonds authorities, THON was shifted to a virtual format this year due to rising public health concerns from the coronavirus pandemic.
With 19 commonwealth campuses across Pennsylvania, Penn State offers prospective students a plethora of opportunities to complete their undergraduate — and even graduate — education.
In a typical year, thousands would cram into the Bryce Jordan Center at around 4 p.m. on the Sunday of THON, breathlessly waiting for the THON total reveal.
The Dancer Relations Committee is vital to keeping dancers on their feet. However, this year’s virtual format brought a unique set of logistical challenges.
For Penn State’s all-female hip hop dance group Whiplash, the coronavirus pandemic brought the group closer to the overall mission of THON — spreading awareness of childhood cancer and raising money in pursuit of research for a cure.
Similar to any organization starting a new venture, Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity faced numerous challenges fundraising for its THON campaign after becoming a recognized fraternity again.
Despite the hope for a return to normalcy for THON 2022, there are certain aspects of virtual THON that dancers and organizers would like to see continue after this year.
Every year, the first people to arrive at the Bryce Jordan Center for THON and the last ones to leave aren’t the dancers: It's the members of OPPerations.