THON 2020 Update

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, more commonly referred to as THON, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, and has been raising money to support children diagnosed with cancer since 1977. Since its inception, THON has raised over $167 million for the Four Diamonds Foundation.

Locally-based and operated, Four Diamonds supplies financial support to childhood cancer patients and their families. Other than the assistance of covering hospital bills, Four Diamonds supplies specialty care providers that are not typically covered by insurance, including musical therapists, clinical nutritionists, psychologists, and pastoral care for cancer-stricken children. With an eye on the present and future, Four Diamonds has founded its own Pediatric Cancer Research Center focused on improving treatment of the disease, as well.

Anyone inspired to support Penn State Rugby, THON, and Four Diamonds can make a donation to Penn State Rugby’s THON fundraising page at:

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USA U20s Laura LaVigne

My name is Laura LaVigne, and I am currently a sophomore at Penn State working towards dual degrees in criminology and psychology. This is my fifth year playing rugby, starting as a sophomore at Orchard Park High school, and I am a tighthead prop. The weekend of February 14-17, my teammates Camile White, Natalie Bjorklund, and I attended the USA Rugby U20 All-American camp in Marietta, Georgia at Life University. Being a part of Penn State has taught me to push myself past my limits and further than I ever thought I could. 

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2020 Spring Preview - Women

The Penn State Women are looking forward to an exciting Spring season. The team is eager to showcase the growth and experience gained through the Fall season while representing the program at the USARugby D1 Elite National semifinals in April and the USARugby 7s championships in May.

The team has a competitive match schedule leading up to their playoff run that includes a mix of college, women, and all star teams. They kicked off the season February 15th and 16th with a two-day, round robin format against Life University, Capitol Selects, and USA South in Washington, D.C..

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