Penn State Berks shows military appreciation with white-out basketball event

Berks White Out T-shirt design
Credit: Photo Courtesy of Katie Quinn

WYOMISSING, Pa. — The Penn State Berks men’s and women’s basketball teams will join forces to turn the Beaver Community Center white for their Military Appreciation game on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. The ball hits the court with the women’s team taking on Alvernia University starting at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s team facing off with Elizabethtown College starting at 8 p.m. Both games are white-out games and free t-shirts will be given out to participants. This event is free and open to the public.

Approximately 150 veterans and dependents currently are enrolled at Penn State Berks. The Office of Veteran Affairs on campus offers support to help with the transition from military life to the college environment, and assistance with making the transition from college to the workforce. The Office of Veteran Affairs also offers peer mentoring; VA certifying officials; college credit for military experience; a Student Veterans of America–Penn State Berks Chapter; veterans and dependents information workshops; and priority registration.

The Student Veterans of America–Penn State Berks Chapter received a $10,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation and Student Veterans of America (SVA) for its on-campus veterans center, as part of its Vet Center Initiative. The grant was used to renovate space in the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building and turn it into a new student veteran center. The lounge is a place where student veterans can go between or after classes to study, eat lunch, socialize with other veterans, and learn about things like the GI Bill and VA benefits and health care.