The Penn State football uniforms will look different this year as the team will wear a patch promoting social justice.
The team introduced the patches on Tuesday, just days before their season opener on Saturday against the Indiana Hoosiers.
Penn State Unveils Unity Patch
A statement on the school’s athletics website says the patches are part of the Penn State United Campaign. In addition to the uniform patches, the football team will also wear special helmet stickers and warmup shirts.
“The logo Penn State football student-athletes will wear in competition this year to symbolize our journey for unity,” the statement reads. “The goal of Penn State United is to construct a culture of respect, appreciation and empathy for all differences. We are a country, state and institution rooted diversity, shared experience and hope. Penn State Football believes, more than ever, we can help create a better society by publicly and peacefully acknowledging our pursuit to move beyond simply tolerating differences to recognizing these differences can enrich our Commonwealth.”
Accordingly, the idea for the patches came from the football team’s leadership council. The logo features an outline of Pennsylvania with interlocking hands in the school’s signature blue and white colors.
Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barber says she admires the work put in by student-athletes.
“I am so proud of the work done by our football student-athletes and staff this summer regarding social justice,” Barber says. “Penn State United is one of many steps we have and will take as an athletics department to address social justice issues facing our country. At Penn State, we are all committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity, respect and appreciation.”
The Nittany Lions will return the field this weekend after their conference’s season was postpone due to COVID-19.
H/T: PSU Sports