PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department has once again teamed up with 100.7 Star and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for its 'Pack the Pete' Food Drive, which will run the entire month of November.
CBS Radio's 100.7 Star will be broadcasting live from six (6) events at the Petersen Events Center and Fitzgerald Field House during November to help take donations of nonperishable food items which kicked off this past Sunday, November 2 at the Panthers Volleyball match against Syracuse.
|CBS Radio 100.7 Star broadcast schedule (Petersen Events Center Lobby unless noted)
|Friday, Nov. 14
||Men's Basketball vs. Niagara
|Thursday, Nov. 20
||Women's Basketball vs. Michigan
|Friday, Nov. 21
||Wrestling vs. Penn State
|Wednesday, Nov. 26
||Women's Basketball vs. Radford
|Sunday, Nov. 30
||Women's Basketball vs. Loyola
Those who make a donation at any volleyball or women's basketball game will receive complimentary admission to that day's game along with being entered to win a pair of tickets to 100.7 Star's O Starry Night concert at the Petersen Events Center on December 9. The O Starry Night lineup includes performances from Train, Daughtry, O.A.R., Christina Perri and Matt Nathanson.
Fans making a donation at the wrestling match or men's basketball game will be entered to win a pair of tickets to 100.7 Star's O Starry Night concert. Winners will be announced during each of the seven games.
Fans who are unable to attend any of the events will be able to drop off nonperishable items in the Petersen Events Center lobby, beginning on November 2.
Last year's 'Pack the Pete' promotion raised over 13,000 pounds of non-perishable items for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, which serves an 11-county region in Western Pennsylvania. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank distributes almost 1.7 million pounds of food every month to those in need.
Pitt Women's Basketball will host its annual Hometown vs. Hunger game on Jan. 4, entertaining conference rival Louisville. The Panthers have teamed with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and UPMC for the past 8 straight years in an effort to battle hunger in Western PA.
Three highly regarded prospects have signed scholarship papers and will enroll at the University of Pittsburgh in January.
Quarterback Alex Hornibrook and defensive backs Jordan Whitehead and Malik Henderson will be enrolled at Pitt beginning January 5 and participate in the Panthers' offseason program, including spring drills.
Whitehead, a native of Center, Pa., is a versatile standout at Central Valley High. One of the most coveted prospects in the state, he is expected to play corner at Pitt but also contribute on offense and special teams. Rated one of Pennsylvania's top six overall prospects, Whitehead was selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. He has led Central Valley to a 10-0 record and the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.
Hornibrook, a native of Malvern, Pa., is the all-time passing yardage leader at Malvern Prep. He also holds school single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns. Rated one of Pennsylvania's top 25 prospects, he completed 65% of his passes as a senior. Standing 6-4 and 210 pounds, Hornibrook led his team to the Inter-Academic League championship. He is a National Honor Society member and boasts a 4.0 grade-point average.
Henderson, a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback prospect, hails from Hallandale Beach, Fla. He has not given up a touchdown the entire season in helping Hallandale to a 9-1 record and the Florida 6A Playoffs. Henderson is considered one of the top players in talent-rich Broward County. He is also considered a Top 100 player in Florida by 247Sports.
Q: How have you grown
as a volleyball player here at the University of Pittsburgh?
Wynn: "Looking back over the past four years, I feel like a
completely different person and volleyball player. When I came in, we did well
my freshman year, but not nearly as well as we are playing right now. We are
overall a better team. I finally feel like I'm a part of a program. Coach
Fisher has taken over this team and he has changed the whole morale. Coach
Fisher makes it more of an experience instead of four years and done. "
Wynn: "Athletically, I've become better especially because
of Coach Fisher. He has spent a lot of time working with myself and every
individual on our team. As a freshman, I came in as a hitter, but now I'm more
of a dynamic player. I'm even a better passer, and that's because Coach has
taken the time to go over the fundamentals."
Q: Do you ever look
back on your freshman year, and are you surprised by how much you've improved
as a player?
Wynn: "Freshman year, I feel like I played with reckless
abandon especially with feeling nervous during a game. I remember we played
against Louisville my freshman year - I was praying that they wouldn't serve me,
or set to me. In the end, it was really cool because we upset Louisville, but I
distinctly remember how nervous I was during that match. It's funny to look
back, because I've adapted into my role. I now have the most sets on the team
this season. I've totally embraced that role, and it makes me laugh to look
back because that once terrified me."
Q: What other changes
have you noticed about yourself as a volleyball player?
Wynn: "A newfound confidence, which has developed from my close
relationships with the team and my coaches. Freshman year, I was kind of in my
own world, but now I truly feel a part of this program. There is so much mutual
respect among my teammates and with our coaches. It gives me so much more
confidence, because I know exactly what is expected from me."
Wynn: "We are an extremely close group. We choose to be best
friends with one another. It's not, 'oh, this is just the hand we've been dealt'.
We consciously make each other an important part of our lives. I fully plan on
maintaining these relationships and staying in touch with my teammates once I
am no longer at Pitt. Those close relationships do transfer onto the court.
Recently, when we played against Syracuse, one of my teammates was hit directly
in the face. Instead of consoling her, I knew she would want me to get her
fired up and joke around. In sticky situations you know how to treat your
teammates and how to react in any given situation."
Q: Looking beyond the
court and into the classroom, how has Pitt helped you improve and adjust to the
life of a student-athlete?
Wynn: "In high school, I thought of myself as an athlete
only. As soon as I came to Pitt, they changed my way of thinking and emphasized
the fact that you are a student-athlete. The expectations are set and
maintaining your grades is a requirement. Even when Coach Fisher came here, he
made it clear what his expectations were on the court and in the classroom. It's
funny how it works, because when you're winning you become even more motivated.
It makes you want to do even better in school and participate in more community
service projects. Its as if you feel a part of something bigger than yourself
and the goal is to make the experience special by doing all the other little
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