Penn State University issued a statement on Tuesday saying that each school in the Big 10 will be provided $188,344 for the purpose of donating to child safety/advocacy organizations. The money comes out of the $2.3 million Penn State would have earned had they been eligible to participate in the 2013 bowl season. (Penn State, of course, was banned from participating in the 2013 bowl game due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.)
Centre County Judge Bradley P. Lunsford spoke about the decision:
These funds will further our efforts to protect our children and to minimize the trauma that children experience when they are victimized. I am grateful to President Erickson and the Penn State community for recognizing the importance of our endeavors and validating our cause (PSU News).
Penn State President Rodney Erickson also weighed in on the idea: “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.”
Penn State has chosen to split its fund between the Stewards of Children program and the Children’s Advocacy Center. The Stewards of Children program teaches adults how to recognize and report child abuse.
[Source: PSU News]