The Penn State football team is always involved in the school’s dance marathon — THON — that benefits the Four Diamonds Fund. But this year, a football player will stand for 46 hours.
Charlie Shuman, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman, will be a dancer in the student-run charity event that’s raised more than $137 million for pediatric cancer research and patient support since 1973. In 2014, students raised an all-time high $13.34 million. Wide receiver Matt Zanellato danced last year.
Shuman, a walk-on, hasn’t played in two seasons with the football team.
The football team has a history of participating in THON, from dancing at the pep rally to Athlete Hour, when families can hang out with players from differen teams, to tours of the football facility.
THON begins Friday and runs through 4 p.m. Sunday, when the final amount of money raised during the year-long fundraising effort is revealed.