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Kicks 4 Kids needs volunteers to run the Penn State 8v8 Soccer Tournament

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Friends / Family / Past Volunteers,

Kicks 4 Kids needs volunteers to run the Penn State 8v8 Soccer Tournament during the weekend of August 1-2.  We are asking volunteers to sign up for 4 hour long shifts on Saturday and/or Sunday.

Below are the details of the event, please consider and if you are interested in signing up please use our Volunteer Spot Link at the bottom of this email.  Questions? contact Ben Eltz, 814-883-6631 cell.

The background and the details……………

In 2000 my friends and I started a small youth soccer tournament, Kicks 4 Kids, to raise money for charity.  We started with 4 teams in 2000 and have since grown to over 300 teams in two towns.  Each tournament donates 100% of the proceeds to youth based charities.  The Penn State 8v8 tournament raises money for non-profit organizations in Centre County including children’s programs of the United Way and Easter Seals of Central Pennsylvania.

The teams that play in the tournament are much like little league baseball teams.  They are not affiliated with schools, but rather a soccer club and range in age from 9 to 19.  These teams all play soccer in a regular Fall or Spring league and then choose one or two summer tournaments to travel to as a team and compete against teams from other areas.  The Penn State Tournament mainly draws teams from Pennsylvania.

The Penn State 8v8 takes place on the campus of Penn State on the intramural fields at the intersection of Park and University Drive.

To date, the tournaments have raised over $350,000. Kicks 4 Kids is a IRS registered non-profit organization and employees one part-time employee.

The Penn State 8v8 tournament will host over 135 youth soccer teams bringing an estimated 2400 visitors to State College. We need at least 84 volunteers to help make it a success.  We need YOUR help!

When: August 1-2, 2015:  State College, PA

You don’t need to know anything about soccer or be able to stay the entire weekend in order to have fun and be a great help!

The single biggest need to help the tournament run smoothly is a quality team of field managers.  (We call them field marshals).

Here is a job description:

Sit at a field under a tent, flip a coin before a game, radio in scores, radio when trash cans need to be emptied, radio in when water coolers need to be filled, get the referees anything they need, radio site director if parents get out of hand (basically be a general presence of authority).

If you are working over lunch or dinner a meal will be provided. Otherwise, snacks, Gatorade and water will be provided.

We will train you on everything you need to know before we send you to your field.

When you arrive at the PSU intramural fields on Park Ave/University Drive, look for the big white headquarters tent. Ask for Ben or Becca Eltz and we will get you set up.

Please arrive at the headquarters tent at your shift start time. Please allow time for traffic/parking/walking.

Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested in helping.  Also, your friends, family, pets, etc. are more than welcome to travel & volunteer as a group.  Our volunteers are almost exclusively made up of friends of friends – so I am sure you will find the group relaxed and enjoyable

If you are interested in helping, we are using a new on-line sign up system with and details are below.

Volunteer spot does not require passwords and account set up, but they do require you to enter your email and confirm it before you can see our page.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

We need your help to raise money for local disadvantaged youth.


Thursday, May 29th, 2014


WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOME GREAT VOLUNTEERS to answer phones at WPSU again this year! – It’s CCCPSAA night Thursday, June 5 during ‘The Grateful Dead-   Dead Ahead’ at WPSU from 7:30 PM to 10 PM.  We’ll have fun enjoying the food & music….and maybe even wearing that tie-dye shirt a lot of us have somewhere  in the house.  You also get to experience all the action that goes on behind the scenes putting on a show at WPSU while helping during their fund drive to continue to develop great local award winning programing like ‘WHY WE DANCE’ and other community programs.  

Please join us for a fun night with complimentary dinner, a gift for everyone while we enjoy taking calls and watching a new program. 

Please contact Dale Hoffman at  or call 814-234-0656 to volunteer.  We would like to get 9 volunteers. 

Directions: WPSU is at 120 Outreach Building, located in Innovation Park. The Outreach building is on Innovation Blvd. (Same as the Penn Stater Conference Ctr.& Hotel) Outreach building is at the east end on the right of Innovation Blvd. and there are about 5 satellite dishes in the grass on one side.

Join Us at Hintz on October 3rd!!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Lion Country Lodging’s Penn State Alumni Discount Plan

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Hi Centre County Chapter Members, family and friends,

I am writing to invite you to Lion Country Lodging’s Penn State Alumni Discount Plan.

Lion Country Lodging manages a group of six hotels in State College. Our portfolio of properties include the Days Inn Penn State, located Downtown just one block from campus, the Hilton Garden Inn, Quality Inn, Super 8, Nittany Budget Motel, Gigi’s Restaurant and Wine Lounge, and the exclusive Carnegie Inn & Spa, a Four Diamond AAA award winning Ascend hotel.

 We welcome all Penn State Alumni and, as a member of the Penn State Association, your Chapter members would receive a 15% discount off our regular rates at any of our quality hotels when visiting Penn State.

 Enrolling is fast and easy at, clicking on the PS ALUM icon, and registering.. To redeem the discount, registered members need only to request the discount at check-in or present their official Penn State Alumni Association card.

 I hope you will take advantage of our Alumni Plan. Additionally, we extend a similar offer to parents of students currently attending the main campus. This information and registration is also on the website and may apply to some of your members, as well.

 We at Lion Country Lodging look forward to serving you in the near future.

Best regards

Ann C. Herrold

Marketing /Sales

Hospitality Asset Management Company

240 S. Pugh St, State College, PA 16801

Ph:814-234-2700 Ext 6

Centre County Chapter Member Spotlight

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Among the Centre County Chapter’s many volunteers are Seth and Charlyne Narehood. For every home game over the past ten years, they have greeted football fans at the Centre County Chapter Welcome Booth, which lies just outside the gates on the North side of Beaver Stadium.

In addition to welcoming fans of Penn State and the visiting team, the married couple offers something at the booth that a lot of people want—buttons. They have the buttons that are made for each Penn State game. This past season, they had slogans like: “Northwestern Goes South” and “Abandon Ship!”

Many people collect the buttons and count on our volunteers to complete their sets. I visited with the couple on three occasions this past season while they welcomed visitors. Each time, I had to get out of the way so Charlyne and Seth could chat with the many football fans and provide them with buttons.

One man who stopped by has been collecting them since 1977. The mother of one of the football players stopped by the booth before the Wisconsin game. She picked up two buttons, one for herself, the other for her husband. The back of her Penn State jersey read “Deion’s Mom.”

People often give donations when they visit the booth. Most drop a dollar in the donation jar. Some give spare change. Others have given as much as twenty dollars.  It all adds up. On average, visitors donate $400 per game for about $2,400 a year. Over the past ten years Seth and Charlyne have helped raised almost $25,000. That money helps underwrite the cost of uniforms for the Blue Band drum major and feature twirler. The money also supports the Emergency Grant Fund, and the Centre County Chapter’s Scholarship Fund, which benefits Penn State students from Centre County.

It is great to see the dedication of members like Seth and Charlyne. The chapter appreciates their efforts.