PSU Dream Comes True

Tom Fledderman is a 33-year-old bank manager in St. Mary's, Pa. He is also a die-hard Penn State football fan, having graduated from the university in 1995 with a degree in finance. While he is a regular at Nittany Lion games in the fall, this summer Tom will actually become a part of the Nittany Lion program.

In a random drawing held Monday and announced Wednesday, Fledderman won a free spot in the First Annual Penn State Football Fantasy Camp, courtesy of and Global Football. The value of the prize is nearly $5,000.

The Fantasy Camp will take place June 14-18 on the Penn State campus.

“It is going to be awesome,” said Fledderman, whose entry was one of more than 600 received. “We have a group of guys who are season-ticket holders who come down for every game. It is overwhelming right now to think I'll be able to get out on the field and be a part of something like this. To be a part of this is really cool. I can't imagine what it is going to be like.”

Here is a little idea.

During the four days of the camp, he will be coached by and have the opportunity to socialize with current PSU staffers Galen Hall, Larry Johnson Sr., Jay Paterno, Brian Norwood and Mike McQueary, as well as a group of former players including Todd Blackledge, Chafie Fields, Dave Joyner and Dennis Onkotz.

The highlight of the camp is a special Blue-White Game to be held June 17. Fledderman and his fellow campers will prepare for action in the Lasch Building, ride the legendary blue busses to Beaver Stadium, run out through the tunnel while being introduced over the loudspeakers and actually play a game on the field.

He will also receive an amazing assortment of Penn State gear, from an authentic helmet to Nike cleats and everything in between. During the camp, there will be behind-the-scenes tours of the Lasch Building, Beaver Stadium, the PSU All-Sports Museum and more.

There will be daily practice and film sessions, talks on recruiting, offensive philosophy, defensive philosophy and game-planning, and meals at a variety of spots around campus, including the actual team training table. Lodging is at the historic Nittany Lion Inn.

The camp is being put together by Global Football, which runs the highly successful fantasy camp at Notre Dame. Company president Patrick Steenberge said the new offering at Penn State is being met with equal enthusiasm, and that he was happy to team with to offer a free spot to a die-hard fan.

“We're thrilled to have Tom as the newest member of our team,” Steenberge said. “This will be a tremendous opportunity for Tom and the rest of the campers to experience what it is really like to be an active member of the Penn State football family; to feel the history and tradition of the past while learning from the well-known coaches and working out in the cutting-edge facilities of the present.”

For more information on how you can become a part of the First Annual Penn State Football Fantasy Camp, visit the link. With the latest addition, the limited number of spots in the camp are rapidly dwindling.

Fledderman has already been to the web site. And after checking out the daily itinerary, the competitive juices began to flow.

“I guess I'm going to have to get myself in shape,” he said with a laugh.

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