Protecting the (New) "S"

A Penn State tradition adds to the fun during the THON Make-A-Wish tours of Lasch Building. Check it out as we catch two people stepping over the line.

The Penn State football program held its annual THON Make-A-Wish tours of Lasch Building Saturday.

Now in its fourth year, the event allows children who have dealt with or are dealing with cancer to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Nittany Lions' sprawling football complex.

It is held in conjunction with the THON charity event nearby at the Bryce Jordan Center.

This year, a record turnout of 26 kids (105 people overall, including families) got the tours and more than 30 players participated.

"It makes me feel good that we can bring some joy to the kids and their familes," said organizer Fran Ganter, Penn State's assistant athletic director for football administration. "A lot of them have come back for two or three years. So they must be enjoying it and having a good time."

The kids and their families can go practically wherever they want in Lasch Building, including football coach Joe Paterno's office. In fact, many take the opportunity to sit at his desk.

In fact, about the only place that is off limits is the "S" on the floor in the Nittany Lions' locker room. But most of the kids have heard the legend of the "S" — namely, ANYONE who steps on it must do pushups.

Fortunately (from a comedy perspective), a few unwitting souls always mistakenly stroll across the "S." It is usually a parent or newbie media member.

Check out the video above to get a look at the new "S" in the lockerroom — it used to be white, now it is blue — and what transpired when it was stepped on.


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