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Penn State Football to Wear Ribbon for Victims of Child Abuse

Penn State adds names, ribbon to iconic football jerseys

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012  |  Updated 5:01 PM EDT
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Penn State is adding the names of players as well as a symbol of child-abuse awareness to the football team's jerseys for the upcoming season.

NBC10’s John Clark was one of the first to report on the changes.

“Penn State announces uniform changes. Players names will be on back for first time,” Clark Tweeted. “New Penn State uniforms will also have blue patch on them for child abuse victims”

The university announced the changes Tuesday, saying they will take effect with the Sept. 1 season opener against Ohio University.

The team's generic look has long been its trademark, but officials say they're adding the names to recognize the players' “resolve and dedication.”

The uniforms will also sport a blue ribbon to support all victims of child abuse.

"I'm proud that our players want to be part of the University's efforts to help victims of child abuse," coach Bill O'Brien said. "We hope our fans join us in wearing blue ribbons to all Penn State home games. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children everywhere."

The team is about to start its first full season in decades without Joe Paterno as head coach. He died in January, two months after being fired by the trustees in the wake of Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child molestation charges. Sandusky awaits sentencing on 45 counts.


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