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Penn State offensive lineman breaks fundraising record

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Ibrahim Traore, a redshirt junior on the Penn State football team, is proof that being a Nittany Lion football player goes far beyond what you do on the field. This Penn State offensive lineman is using his platform and dedication to make a difference in the State College community, and with the help of Penn State fans and donors, he managed to break a fundraising record on Champsraise.

Penn State offensive lineman breaks fundraising record

First off, Champsraise is a new charitable platform designed for college and professional athletes. Former three-star offensive tackle Ibrahim Traore took advantage of this platform when he saw the need for change is the State College area.

After spending the past three years in State College, Traore noticed an issue that is becoming more and more frequent around the nation: many residents were unable to afford basic needs such as food. What did he do about it? He went on Champsraise and, with the help of head coach James Franklin and Penn State football fans, he broke the platform’s record for money raised — all of the money is being directed to the State College Food Bank.

Ibrahim Traore breaks fundraising record

Ibrahim Traore’s campaign to help those in need began earlier this week, and already, Penn State fans have been doing their part. Traore has raised over $960 thus far this week, and as more Nittany Lion fans and community members take notice, that number will continue to climb.

“As a Division 1 student-athlete, I am passionate about tackling food security and ensuring no one goes hungry. With inflation and the cost of living continuing to rise, it is becoming increasingly difficult for families to access food. I am raising money for the State College Food Bank (State College, PA) to provide meals to people in need in the Penn State community. By supporting the State College Food Bank, you enable it to share its resources throughout the county, making it easier for residents in surrounding areas to get help.” – Ibrahim Traore on his fundraising campaign

In less than two hours after launching his campain to help those who struggle with food security, Ibrahim Traore had raised over $910 — now, the sky appears to be the limit.

Traore is embodying Penn State’s famous “We Are” slogan — he is taking initiative in his community and being about more than just himself. Even though the campaign has gone well thus far, the Penn State offensive lineman knows that his work is far from over. “I appreciate the supporters and Nittany Lion fans that generously donated to the State College Food Bank, which is a cause near and dear to my heart,” Traore said. “However, we need all the donations we can get!”

If you’d like to support Traore’s campaign, CLICK HERE to donate.



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