Penn St. gives $1.1M to new abuse-research center

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State says it’s giving more than $1.1 million in football bowl revenues to its new center for child abuse research and treatment.

The Center for the Protection of Children was started in the wake of child sex allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Based at Penn State’s children’s hospital in Hershey, the center will offer treatment for abused children and a primary care clinic for foster kids. It also will sponsor research into abuse, offer training, provide advocacy and collect data.

The funding announced Wednesday is more than twice the amount that Penn State had promised in December. Higher-than-expected bowl revenues allowed it to give more.

Penn State had already donated $1.5 million of its share of Big Ten bowl revenues to a group that operates rape crisis centers.