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TrueSport U

The Pennsylvania State University and TrueSport

in conjunction with Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics proudly presented:

TrueSport U:

Becoming a TrueSport Family

A Free Community Event for Parents, Kids, Coaches, and Administrators

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rec Hall: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

The Evening Included:

  • Kick-off with Coach Franklin and Olympic Swimmer, Peter Vanderkaay

  • Meet and greet with Penn State coaches and student-athletes

  • Interactive event for kids* featuring Olympic Swimmer, Peter Vanderkaay

  • Presentations and Q&A for parents with youth sport experts, including Dr. Dan Gould, Director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sport & Robin Vanderkaay, mother and biggest fan of four-time Olympic medalist, Peter Vanderkaay

    • Topics discussed included: tips to building a true sport culture, selecting the right program for your child, maintaining sport-life balance, specialization and more

  • Special door prizes of autographed Penn State sport memorabilia

  • Goodie bags for families

  • Tips and resources to share with your sports community


* All Penn State youth programs have policies in place to ensure that the safety of youth participating in our programs is not compromised. To meet this goal, during the interactive event for minors, all minors must be chaperoned by a parent or guardian. No parent/guardian may chaperone more then 10 minors. The parent/guardian must remain with the minors at all times. Any minor without a parent/guardian or any groups with more then 10 minors for each chaperone will not be allowed to participate in the event.

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Who We Are

A culture of TrueSport is defined by five core values: integrity, respect, teamwork, responsibility, and courage. We aim to catalyze parents, coaches and youth athletes to uphold the ideals of a TrueSport culture and help sport live up to its full potential.

TrueSport is a community-based movement that champions the positive values and life lessons learned through sport. We are on a mission to ignite a culture of TrueSport. We are tackling the values crisis in youth sport with unique-community-based programs. Last year  TrueSport reached 1.3 million people. Join us!

Meet Our Guests

We were honored to have the following experts as part of TrueSport U.

Kristen Dieffenbach Ph.D., CC AASP

Associate professor of Athletic Coaching Education at West Virginia University and an Association of Applied Sport Psychology certified consultant

Dan Gould, Ph.D.

Director of the institute for the Study of youth Sports and Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the Michigan State University