Penn State game changes to 'Blue Out'

Posted: November 09, 2011

STATE COLLEGE - Penn State has switched the planned "white out" for Saturday's home finale against Nebraska to a "blue out" to support victims of child abuse worldwide, the school said.

A "Stop Child Abuse, Blue Out Nebraska" T-shirt will be on sale tomorrow at McLanahan's on College Avenue. According to the school, the shirt will be on sale for $9.99 with 100 percent of ehe proceeds made (after costs) going to Prevent Child Abuse PA.

"In addition to being the color of our team's home game jerseys, blue represents the color of bruises that have too often been neglected," the school said in a Facebook post. "Let's make national news for our collective actions to show solidarity with both the victims and our fellow classmates on the field."

The campaign to switch the white out to a blue out began earlier in the week and gained steam over the last few days.

Zach Humphreys, 17, who works in the store said he's not sure how many the store will be getting, but anticipates students will come out in droves to purchase the shirts, which read, "Stop child abuse. Blue out Nebraska."

"We're getting tons of calls" about the shirts, Humphrey said.

While students planned Saturday's blue-out in support of the victims, some expressed worry about the Westboro Baptist Church's planned protest of the game.

"It's just really sad, all of it," said Allen Vickers, 21, a senior from South Jersey.

Vickers said he's worried that alcohol and the Westboro demonstration won't mix well on Saturday.

"There's gonna be violence," he said.

Daily News staff writer Morgan Zalot contributed to this report.

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