THON Weekend Essentials

It is hard to believe that THON 2018 starts this Friday! It seems like only days ago the THON executive committee announced this year’s theme, followed a few short weeks later by the unveiling of the 2018 logo. We know that THON week can be a very stressful time for those involved in the 46-hour dance celebration, so we’ve compiled a list of essential items that every THON participant should have. Don’t forget that when you purchase these items from Lions Pride, 20% of your entire sale will go directly to THON. Support THON while shopping for all your weekend needs. GO STATE, BEAT CANCER!

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  1. Reusable Penn State Water Bottle

Staying hydrated THON weekend is essential. Even if you are a spectator, it is important to continually consume water throughout the 46 hours to ensure that you stay healthy and awake. Ranging in price from $7 to $29, Lions Pride has a large selection of colorful and traditional water bottles that will meet all your hydration needs.

  1. Penn State Drawstring Bag

While traditional backpacks aren’t allowed in the BJC during THON weekend, you are allowed to carry a simple drawstring bag for your weekend needs. Large enough to hold a water bottle, change of clothes, snacks, your ID and cell phone, Lions Pride’s drawstring bags feature the Penn State logo and a front zipper pocket for additional storage.

  1. Adjustable Penn State Baseball Cap

Showers don’t happen THON weekend. It’s just a fact. For that point in the weekend where you feel a little gross because you haven’t washed your hair, grab a colorful baseball cap. Not only will it make you feel better, you’ll add some extra color and pizzazz to the BJC.

  1. Hair Bows

Okay, so maybe you’re not a ball cap kinda girl. No worries, we have a large selection of Penn State bows that will help pep you up as THON weekend progresses.

  1. Penn State Media Wallet

Nothing is more annoying than not being able to locate your student ID, credit/debit cards and cash, especially when you’re tired. Thankfully, this silicone media wallet allows you to keep your essential items together in one convenient location. The best part is that it handily attaches to the back of your phone.

  1. Nittany Lion Lip Balm

It gets incredibly dry in the BJC, so please be sure to invest in lip balm before THON weekend kicks off. You’ll thank us later!

  1. PSU Socks

When you’re planning to be on your feet for up to 46 hours straight, it won’t hurt to have an extra pair or two of socks handy. Lions Pride carries a variety of fun and festive antimicrobial designs that are sure to keep your feet happy throughout your time in the BJC. We think you’ll agree, the designs are fun too!

  1. Gym Shorts for Guys

Comfort is essential THON weekend, so for guys, we recommend polyester, moisture-wicking gym shorts from Nike or Under Armour. If you’re traveling to and from the BJC throughout the weekend, you may also want to invest in a pair of sweatpants that you can throw over your gym shorts to keep you warm during your commute and/or while waiting to enter the venue.

  1. Gym Shorts and/or Leggings for Girls

Since comfort is key THON weekend, we recommend either performance shorts and/or leggings for the girls. With several popular looks currently on sale to make room for spring inventory, Lions Pride is sure to have a style that you not only love, but that also keeps you groovin’ THON weekend.

Best of luck this weekend to everyone involved in THON 2018. We can’t wait to share a dance with you in the BJC. WE ARE!!!




Danielle Stemple is a 2008 Penn State University graduate. In addition to acting as Lions Pride's marketing communications director, she is also an assistant manager and buyer for the Penn State retailer. Danielle is currently a graduate student at West Virginia University pursuing her master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and training for ultra marathons. She can be reached at [email protected]

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