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Non-Profit Orange Arrow Hosts Event Uniting Penn State & Pitt Fans Prior To Rivalry Game
Charity hosting 'BALL for Orange Arrow' to bring alum from both schools together for a worthy cause
Several notable Penn State and Pitt alumni such as Penn State legend Ki-Jana Carter and former Pitt Head Coach Walt Harris are scheduled to appear at the event to present recognitions to student-athletes that have shown great character off the field.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the 501(c)(3) works with colleges and middle schools in Pennsylvania and is currently expanding into Florida.
Orange Arrow provides programming to prepare young student-athletes – ages 10-13 – to aim for success off the field. The foundational skill set provided is needed by any young person with a focus on student athletes. Orange Arrow reaches these students by having college student-athletes to serve as their "coaches" or mentors. Most importantly, Orange Arrow does not charge a fee to the student-athletes to participate.
"The goal of Orange Arrow is not to discourage young athletes from pursuing a dream of professional sports, but to broaden the reality of those with athletic aspirations. We aim to provide a practical vision of success in life, no matter which path they choose," said Robinson. "The BALL for Orange Arrow is an important fundraiser that fuels our ongoing mission to support the student athletes of Pennsylvania, as well as our recent expansion in Florida."
Robinson understands personally the importance of the Orange Arrow mission and the need for kids nationwide to have a backup plan. In college, he finished seventh in the nation in interceptions as a sophomore and he had expectations to play in the NFL. A car accident injury leading into his junior year affected his ability to perform at the highest level. Ultimately, this lead him to not be drafted to the NFL as planned, meaning you could not realize his dream of becoming a professional athlete.
Among the major partners for this year's BALL include: Highmark and Red, the Steakhouse. Additional sponsors include Auto Palace Porsche, The Porch, McGuireWoods LLP, DVSport Software, Henderson Brothers, Zimmer Kunz, PLLC, Riverfront Financial, The Cheesecake Factory-Waterfront, Anita Wharton and The Corliss Watkins Fund.
For more information or to support Orange Arrow, please visit www.OrangeArrow.org.
About Orange Arrow
Orange Arrow is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers innovative programs dedicated to serving youth and influencing their path to success using sports-themed curricula. Founded in 2013, Orange Arrow develops extensive partnerships with school districts, after school programs, and youth sports leagues. In addition, Orange Arrow recruits volunteers to mentor, guide, and coach student-athletes to be successful off the field. Currently, the organization has partnered with six colleges and numerous middle schools. For more information or to support Orange Arrow, please visit www.OrangeArrow.org.
For media seeking to schedule interviews or attend any of Orange Arrow's events, please contact Rob Kremer at 404-218-3077.