Penn State backup quarterback Will Levis might not be the center of attention on the field all the time, but right now, he’s got a lot of eyes on him because of his off-field work. The Nittany Lions sophomore is doing a crazy workout for charity of Billy Xiong.
Levis works closely with the Makin’ Lemonade Fund, a virtual lemonade stand that supports the CDC Foundation, Direct Relief and Feeding America. According to the fund’s Twitter page, over $96,000 has been raised already for the organization.
In a video posted to his own Twitter account, Levis has decided to run five miles backwards, in hopes of raising money for the fund. As of late Thursday morning, Levis had already raised $2,640 of his $3,000 goal.
“The current initiative that we’re really pushing right now is called, ‘Runnin’ on Lemonade,’” Levis said Billy Xiong in the video. “These past few weeks, we’ve had volunteers sign up and run a designated amount of miles, whether it’s a marathon, half-marathon, ten miles.
“As a part of the organization, as one of the people that has been a part of it from the start, I wanted to be a part of this, too. I knew I couldn’t run a marathon, half-marathon, let alone ten miles. But I figured I could do five miles and I could do it backwards. I’ve set myself to kind of do that challenge and I’ve been training for it.”
“Our team is composed of college students, and recent graduates who felt the importance of making an immediate difference,” the website reads. “We have already partnered with over 50 student bodies including: Michigan, Harvard, Cornell, Penn State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Ohio State and Rutgers among others.
“With social distancing in place, we came together to make our lemonade stand in a different way. We are going to make lemonade online and we are excited to spread our mission with the greater community.
“At the core, we are the voice of the next generation wanting to make a difference now and quickly to help those in need. We must make lemonade with what we got. Let’s do this together and collectively, we can make an immediate, much needed impact.”
Levis didn’t play in 2018 but made it in seven games during the 2019 season. He was 28-of-47 on the season for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Levis also contributed 213 yards and three touchdowns on 51 rushing attempts in 2019.
Coming out of Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut, Levis was a three-star prospect by 247Sports. In the class of 2018, Levis was ranked as the No. 28 Pro-Style quarterback nationally, and he chose to play for the Nittany Lions over offers from the likes of Florida State, North Carolina, Ole Miss and others, including a handful of Ivy League schools.