Notebook: Lift for Life details announced

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Penn State announced the date and details for its 15th annual Lift for Life event. Plus, four Nittany Lions have been announced to The Sporting News preseason All-American team. 

Uplifting Athletes' Lift for Life is heading back to Holuba Hall.

Following a few years of an ever-evolving philanthropic event most recently held at Penn State's lacrosse stadium, the Nittany Lions will move back to their indoor training facility on Saturday, July 15 at 11 a.m. for the event. It coincides with the State College area's annual summer Arts Festival.

According to a news release provided by the university on Thursday, the event will again pit Penn State's offensive players against its defensive players in a weightlifting competition. "The competitions will include an obstacle course, sand bag stack, sled pull and push, shuttle run and finish with a tug of war."

Money raised from the event - a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 kids, along with various other fundraising items available - will all go toward Penn State's Uplifting Athletes. Additionally, the freshmen members of Penn State's Class of 2017 will help run a kids clinic to be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the cost of $15 per child.

This year, linebacker Jason Cabinda and quarterback Trace McSorley have been announced as co-presidents for the event.

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In other Penn State news this week, The Sporting News has announced its preseason All-American team including the likes of running back Saquon Barkley, tight end Mike Gesicki, and defensive back Marcus Allen to its first team.

Additionally, senior kicker Tyler Davis has been named to the publication's second-team.

Barkley returns for his junior season following his 272 carries for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns last year. He also finished the year with 28 receptions for 402 yards and four scores.

Gesicki, meanwhile, gears up for his last season of eligibility at Penn State following a breakout 48 receptions for 679 yards and five touchdowns, each a school record for the category among Penn State tight ends.

Allen also returns for his final season as a Nittany Lion after leading the program in tackles last year with 110 stops. Davis, rounds out the group after sending home 22 of 24 field goal attempts last season.

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