Jay Paterno speaks in Troy
TROY - At the kick-off to the Summer Speaker Series Thursday in Troy, guest speaker Jay Paterno praised the local organizer of the program.
Sam Antes, 20, of Gillett, a Penn State Junior and 2011 Troy High School graduate, was the driving force behind the Paterno visit and the Summer Speaker Series, and he made the introductions before Paterno spoke.
Proceeds from the Paterno event benefit the Troy Food Pantry, which is seeking a new home, due to its current location no longer being available at the end of the summer.
He complimented Antes for his efforts.
Paterno, a former Penn State football coach and son of the famous Joe Paterno, said he thought it was "really, really unique" for someone in college to take "this kind of initiative."
"To have this kind of initiative and this kind of vision at that age is a sign of real leadership," he said.
"To be here tonight, this is what Penn State and what Penn State students are about," he said.
He commented about the importance of the food pantry.
While most people don't have to worry about whether they will have a meal, he said, it's not the case for everyone.
If there is one thing we can all do better in this country, he said, it's feeding everyone.
During the question-and-answer session following his speech, Jay Paterno was asked by someone in the audience about whether anything was being done about overturning his father's vacated wins, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case.
Jay Paterno stated that the priority was being put on overturning the sanctions that were levied.
The Associated Press reported last month that the family of late coach Joe Paterno, along with a group of trustees, faculty and former players and coaches, filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the sanctions. The strict penalties include a four-year bowl ban, steep scholarship cuts and a $60 million fine, according to the AP report.
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