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University Park in Centre County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Champions for Equality

 
 
Champions for Equality Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 27, 2013
1. Champions for Equality Marker
Inscription.  Demonstrating that sport can be a powerful force for social change, Penn State led the way in breaking the color barrier in intercollegiate football in the south. By the players' own decision, the team refused an offer to play a segregated deep south opponent in 1946. The Nittany Lions then became the first team to field African American players in the Cotton Bowl in 1948 and the Gator Bowl in 1971.
 
Erected by Penn State Alumni Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSports.
 
Location. 40° 48.631′ N, 77° 51.349′ W. Marker is in University Park, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is on Curtin Road 0.2 miles south of Porter Road, on the right when traveling south. Located near Beaver Stadium on Penn State University's Campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: University Park PA 16802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Big Ten (within shouting distance of this marker); Student Section (about 700 feet away, measured in a
Champions for Equality Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 27, 2013
2. Champions for Equality Marker
Beaver Stadium in the background
direct line); We Are Penn State (approx. 0.2 miles away); USS Pennsylvania (approx. 0.4 miles away); Atoms for Peace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Miller Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Creamery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Harris Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Part of the Penn State Historical Marker program
 
Also see . . .
1. Champions for Equality. Penn State Historical Markers program (Submitted on May 29, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Penn State Athletics - Men's Football. (Submitted on May 29, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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