WE ARE AWARD HIGHLIGHTS FIRST PITCH DINNER

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Senior Christian Helsel (Altoona, Pa.) became the first recipient of Penn State baseball’s inaugural We Are Award and author and U.S. Marine Ryan Spaeder, ESPN college baseball analyst Mike Rooney and head coach Rob Cooper all spoke at the fifth annual First Pitch Dinner Friday evening at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

The season kick-off event composed of the team, families, alumni, and fans included the annual tradition of alums in attendance presenting the current team with its jerseys for the 2017 season.

Wyatt Shaffer, the youngest member of Penn State’s team at just 13 years old, presented Helsel with the We Are Award for best exemplifying what it means to be a Penn Stater with involvement in the community. Wyatt joined the Nittany Lions in 2015 through Team IMPACT, an organization that helps children facing life threatening and chronic illnesses get drafted by local college teams. Wyatt’s mother, Tara Shaffer, detailed how Helsel went above and beyond to make Wyatt a part of the team.

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