Penn State football players will not be allowed to participate in an event for the school’s THON (a student-run dance marathon which raises money for pediatric cancer patients) due to NCAA “Time Management regulations,” the program announced Friday.
Penn State players were set to attend a Saturday event at the team’s football building where they would interact with pediatric cancer patients and their families. The team has hosted similar events during THON for the past handful of years. Here are some pictures of the event from last year:
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Here’s the release Penn State sent out Friday night:
We were informed this afternoon that due to the NCAA Time Management regulations, our current student-athletes are not permitted to participate in the THON event at the Lasch Building nor conduct media interviews (Saturday) afternoon as it is a mandatory day off for the team.
A Penn State spokesperson later clarified to the Daily Collegian that there was a “misunderstanding” of what internal paperwork needed to get filled out for the players to participate.
“New NCAA time management legislation went into effect earlier this year and there was a misunderstanding on the type of internal paperwork that needed to filed in order for the football student-athletes to participate in the Explorers program event on Saturday,” a Penn State spokesperson said.
Former Penn State players Jesse James, Nate Stupar, Anthony Zettel and others will still were with families at the football building on Saturday, Penn State noted in the release.
NCAA rules for the football offseason require a team has at least one day off per week. It appears the NCAA would count Penn State players’ participation in the event as a team activity.
Penn State players were able to participate in the athlete “pep rally” on Saturday night at THON.