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THANKS, Robbie Gould, for giving back

Central Mountain-Penn State-NFL star and all-around great guy Robbie Gould has had a stellar career in athletics that continues today.

But in our hearts, we’re also grateful for his passion for where he grew up … here.

That passion is reflected in Robbie’s $200,000 commitment toward a $1.5 million youth sports complex just off busy Route 220/1-99 in Castanea Township, near the gateway to Lock Haven.

We briefly saw Robbie in town this past week, understanding that he is hard at work with a committee working to make this complex a reality.

Thank you, Robbie.

Your gift will be a lasting one to the youth — and families — of our communities.

It also will benefit so many youth from around the region, state and nation who come here to compete — and have fun — for tournaments.

In announcing the contribution recently via the Clinton County Economic Partnership, Gould was humble.

“It’s pretty amazing. It’s something that has took four to five years to get here,” Gould said. “A lot of the people in the community have been very helpful. It’s exciting, it really is. Hopefully this spring, we will be doing some ground pushing and keep building.”

“I know everyone is going through a different time probably, highs and lows, trying to find that silver lining in COVID now that we’re a year into this. Lives have changed for a lot of people in a lot of different ways,” he added.

Robbie Gould began his football career at Central Mountain High School before playing under legendary Penn State football head coach, the late Joe Paterno.

From there he went to the National Football League.

Today, he is the placekicker for the San Francisco 49ers.

“Thanks to all of you for the support over the years. It’s meant a lot to me. Now I’m getting ready to go into my 17th year in the National Football League, like everyone else going through COVID the silver lining for me is being able to spend time with my boys,” Gould said.

Robbie has broken many scoring records and we know that will continue.

We thank his local family, dad Robbie Sr. and mom Cheryl, brother, Chris and sister, Lindsay.

Families are everything.

They, too, deserve thanks for remembering where they came from.

Giving back.

Robbie understands how important — and wonderful — that is.

He has given thousands annually to various causes in our area — all to help people.

“Lock Haven means a lot to me. A couple of years ago we started a vision that started with the Goulden Touch organization that has really grown a lot in the last three to four years. There’s a lot of people to thank for that,” he said.

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