Penn State Football Legends Cruise

Cruise Supports Special Olympics Pennsylvania


On March 4, 2019 my wife and I boarded Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas, looking forward to a great time and fun with some PSU football legends. We weren’t disappointed! We were on the inaugural Happy Valley Cruise, hosted by Franco Harris and Sue Paterno. The cruise, which departed from Port Canaveral with two stops in the Bahamas, was a fundraiser for Special Olympics PA.

Happy Valley Cruisers enjoyed interacting with PSU Football Legends such as Franco Harris, Jeff Hartings, Brian Masella, Jay Paterno, Marco Rivera, Brandon Short and Blair Thomas. Cruisers were immensely entertained at a fan-favorite Q&A session hosted by Jay Paterno. PSU Women’s Volleyball Coach Russ Rose officiated over a beach volleyball tournament captained by former football players with cruisers as team members.

A second Happy Valley Cruise is already scheduled for 2020. The dates are March 9-14, 2020 on Celebrity Cruise’s Infinity. PSU Legends confirmed so far for 2020 include Levi Brown, Chafie Fields, Franco Harris, Jeff Hartings, Brian Masella, OJ McDuffie, AJordan Norwood, Coach Jay Paterno, Stephen Pitts, Brandon Short, Blair Thomas, Coach Ron Vanderlinden, Leo Wisniewski, and others.

Richard N. Nichols
Health and Human Development ‘75
Past President, Capital Area Chapter, Penn State Alumni Association

Adrienne Zedaker Nichols
Penn State Harrisburg – Humanities ‘79
Penn State Harrisburg – Training and Development ‘99

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