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NFL linebacker Stupar set to speak at NFF banquet

STATE COLLEGE — The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, has selected former Penn State linebacker and seven-year NFL veteran Nate Stupar as guest speaker for its 23rd annual scholar-athlete awards dinner.

The dinner will be held on Sunday, March 1 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

Stupar, who played in 52 games for Penn State and made 200-plus tackles, was a member of the Lions’ 2008 Big Ten championship team. In the classroom, he was selected Academic All-Big Ten from 2008-10 and was a dean’s list student.

Stupar has been in the NFL for seven seasons, spending 2018 and part of 2019 as a member of the New York Giants. A seventh-round selection of the Oakland Raiders in 2012, he has been a contributor to several franchises while compiling 134 career tackles.

He and his wife, Marissa, began the State of Hope Foundation in 2016 to provide children of low-income families, single parents and other less fortunate situations with positive life experiences that they may not be able to obtain otherwise.

At State College Area High School, Stupar was Pennsylvania & Mid-Penn Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was selected first-team Associated Press all-state as a junior and senior.

“The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame is privileged to have Nate Stupar as the featured speaker for our 23rd Annual Awards Dinner,” Chapter President John Kulka said. “Nate graduated from State College Area High School and from Penn State where he excelled as a linebacker, then was drafted by the Oakland Raiders and is a seven-year NFL veteran. The chapter is extremely pleased to have Nate back to share some of his career-shaping experiences.”

Since initiating the awards banquet in 1998, the Central Pennsylvania Chapter has awarded a total of $249,000 in scholarship money while honoring 830 scholar-athletes from high schools located in its 25-county coverage area.

The event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased by calling 717-348-3821. The cost is $30 per ticket.

The NFF, Central Pennsylvania Chapter is one of 121 chapters nationwide involving over 12,000 members. The reach of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter encompasses 25 counties and 96 high schools.

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