College football’s recent return made many fans throughout the country smile from ear to ear.

But while football’s arrival arrives to thousands of grins, it remains important for many of us to keep life in perspective.  Clearly, there are still people in our country suffering from some of the natural disaster tragedies of 2011.  We had Hurricane Irene, the earthquake in the Mid-Atlantic and the series of tornadoes earlier this year.

Tuscaloosa, the home of the Alabama Crimson Tide, was one of the hardest hit by the tornadoes.  While the Alabama – Penn State rivalry will bring plenty of excitement to that region, there are still a plethora of people in need (and have little to smile about).

The Family Clothesline, a popular Penn State apparel business, has recognized that fact.  The store is offering a way in which football fans can not only support the upcoming game between the Crimson Tide and Nittany Lions, but also donate to help those in need.


The Family Clothesline is selling a t-shirt that will donate all proceeds to tornado relief

The shop is currently selling a Penn State t-shirt highlighting the upcoming matchup between the two schools.  But that’s not the best part.  All proceeds will go to tornado relief, specifically to Project Team Up.

The shirt (shown to the right) comes in blue or white and can be purchased via the Family Clothesline website.  Under the shirt’s description, the company specifically lists the following regarding the proceeds:

“The Family Clothesline/ will be donating all proceeds of their Penn State vs. Alabama T-shirt to Project Team Up.  It is an organization dedicated to leading the way in the redevelopment of some of Alabama’s hardest hit communities in the aftermath of the April 2011 tornadoes.  We are following the lead of Alabama’s head football coach, Nick Saban, whose charity, Nick’s Kids gave $77,000 to Project Team Up in efforts to help with the tornado relief.”

This game – taking place on September 10, 2011 at Beaver Stadium – means a lot to both teams.  But with promotions such as this one, it can also mean a lot to the tornado victims in Alabama.


Penn State and Rob Bolden will face Alabama on September 10, 2011

I’m not just a die-hard football fan in this case.  I am also someone that has both friends and family closely affected by the devastating tornadoes of 2011.  Therefore, I really wanted to help promote this cause.  I hope that you will, too.

So get out there, root on your team – whether it be Alabama or Penn State.  Maybe also take a moment to not only trash talk the opponent, but also help donate to those in need.  That would make it a win-win situation for all of us.

In the meantime, enjoy the college football season!

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