PSMA Athletic Department: Engaged and in Action. Fall 2017

Penn State Mont Alto The Penn State Mont Alto men’s soccer team held an Antietam Humane Society (AHS) Benefit Game on Saturday, September 13.

The purpose of the event was to raise support for the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of humane treatment to all animals. We wore specially designed AHS jerseys, collected $37 of cash donations, as well as collected numerous dog/cat supplies (Purina Kitten Chow, Non-scoopable litter, and dog food) and collected house supplies such as bleach, laundry detergent, stamps, pens, and sticky notes. All of the proceeds were donated to the Waynesboro, Pa. Antietam Humane Society during the Week of Sept. 18.

On Saturday, September 23 the Mont Alto women’s volleyball program held a Salute to the Military match.   Our focus was to honor all branches of the military prior to the match with a 15-minute pregame ceremony that included the presentation of the colors by the United States Marine Corps (Carlisle, Pa. Recruiting Branch), a live rendition of the national anthem by U.S. Navy and Mont Alto Instructor in Music and Arts Fred Davison, and the volleyball team designated Walter Harbaugh as an honorary captain.

Harbaugh is a Franklin County native who turns 101-years old in December of this year and is a veteran of the United States Army where he was stationed in Germany during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.Director of Athletics Staci Brennan, Mont Alto student-veteran Chris Seery of the U.S. Air Force, and head coach Randy Hood presented Walter with a Mont Alto game day jersey as part of the pregame festivities. We had over 250 people attend the match including many veterans from the Franklin County area.

On Saturday, October 14 the Mont Alto men’s soccer team will be holding a Pink-Out Game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.    We will be wearing specially designed pink jerseys, breast cancer survivors/all cancer survivors in attendance will be honored at halftime, a donation table (manned by the Mont Alto women’s basketball team) will be on site, and at the conclusion of the game there is a silent auction table with items from local business.

Updates from Frank Maira, Assistant Director of Athletics/SID


Hurricane Harvey Relief

Sophia McCleaf, DUS Coordinator & ASR here at PSMA, was deeply moved by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.  After reflection, she acted — facilitating local relief efforts for a community far away.  When asked about her efforts, Sophia offered:

In my heart, I had to do something to help those who were affected by the destructive path of Hurricane Harvey. I knew others wanted to donate items to individuals who needed help, so that is when I decided to spread the word to the Penn State Mont Alto community about the donation site in Chambersburg, PA. Staff and faculty started to drop off items at my office – these items included: baby diapers, reading books, water, lotion, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.

This was about communities coming together to help those in need and that is what we did.

We are…one community helping another community in a time of need.