THON 2014 Halfway Home

By Ben Manning |

Published 02/22 2014 07:25PM

Updated 02/22 2014 07:34PM

UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - More than 700 dancers are still going strong at the Bryce Jordan Center, but there's more to THON than just the dancing down on the floor.
"I love being able to be here for the kids. They’re just so great, so inspirational and I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend," Becca Wong of the Penn State Ski Team says.
When you think of THON, the dancing is what most people picture.
Music on the stage and plenty of people dancing and having fun in the crowd, but there's more to it.
On Saturday the Penn State Athletes took part in THON Weekend.
“It’s important because they have been through so much and we just want to be able to give back to the community," Penn State Point Guard Tim Frazier says.
The men’s basketball team held a clinic for Four Diamond families.
They taught them how to shoot, dribble, and play defense.
"He loves basketball. We go to PSU basketball games a lot and this was his first wish. He’s met the players but he’ll never forget this," Bellefonte Four Diamond Family Tiffany Benner says.
Noah Benner from Bellefonte has been through two brain surgeries for tumors.
But Saturday he got to shoot hoops with the Nittany Lions and just for fun the families squared off against the players in a dodgeball tournament. 
Then the football team got into the fun.
Families got to hang out and shoot pool in the players lounge and it all wrapped up with a creamery ice cream party with the team.
"For us to be able to as football players affect these kids lives it really means a lot to us, and we have a really special group of guys,” Penn State football player Miles Dieffenbach says.
It's all part of THON Weekend 2014 and of course, it’s for the kids.
"They’ve been excited for THON since it ended last year each time we talk about THON and the Four Diamonds Fund they get the biggest smiles on their face," Benner says.

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