A portion of Penn State's would-be 2013 bowl revenue is being distributed to each Big Ten school and will be donated to child-advocacy groups, the school announced Tuesday.
The Big Ten is providing all 12 schools $188,344 to donate to local organizations, which focus on protecting children and advocacy for children. The Nittany Lions are ineligible to compete in a bowl game this season, part of their punishment for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but the nearly $2.3 million represents one-twelfth of the revenue Penn State would have made for a 2013 bowl appearance.
In a statement released Tuesday, Tammy Gentzel, executive director of the Centre County United Way, praised the donation:
"This is a transformational gift that will assure Stewards of Children continues in Centre County and that we meet and exceed our goal of training 5 percent of all residents. Increasing awareness among adults in our community will help to ensure that all children in the county live in a safe environment."
Penn State president Rodney Erickson acknowledged the continuing need to work on the behalf of children:
"As a community, we must continue to look deeper into the issue of child maltreatment and abuse. We must commit to continuing to raise awareness, as well as fight these insidious crimes in whatever way possible."