MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Penn State Harrisburg's men's basketball program is set to host its sixth-annual Orange 4 Owen Game in conjunction with Owen's Foundation at the Capital Union Building (CUB) on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 12.
For the sixth year in a row, Blue & White players, coaches, staff and fans in attendance will join members of the Brezitski family in helping to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. The men's basketball team hosts Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) foe Mary Washington at 3 p.m. As they have in the past, players will wear orange (Owen's favorite color) during the game in support of the cause. Fans are also encouraged to wear orange to the contest.
In March of 2011, Owen Brezitski was struck and killed by a distracted driver at a crosswalk outside Bishop McDevitt High School after attending his sisters' band concert with his family earlier that evening. He was just eight years old. In the years since, the Brezitski family has honored Owen's memory through their work to combat distracted driving and spread awareness of its consequences.
The Orange 4 Owen and Owen's Foundation mission statement is to promote pedestrian, driver, traffic and childhood safety and all aspects of community safety as well as raise awareness of the consequences of distracted driving practices. As they have in years past, Penn State Harrisburg players took the pledge to protect lives by not texting or talking on the phone while driving, to be a good passenger and speak out if the driver of a car is distracted in any way, and to encourage friends and family to drive phone and distraction free.
Those who wish to take the pledge and learn more about Owen's Foundation and Orange 4 Owen are encouraged to visit www.orange4owen.org.