The nonprofit for at-risk youth started by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky -- which he allegedly used to find boys to sexually abuse -- is moving to disband and transfer its assets to another organization.
Officials at the Second Mile foundation filed court papers in Centre County today seeking to transfer its assets to Arrow Child & Family Ministries of Houston, Texas. They are seeking to give Arrow some $2 million in cash and other assets, allowing Arrow to keep running youth programs around Pennsylvania. Current Second Mile camps and other programs will continue during court oversight of the transfer.
Fundraising for the nonprofit plummeted after Sandusky, Penn State's former assistant football coach under the late Joe Paterno, was charged with abusing 10 boys.
Second Mile's board found there is "overwhelming support for the programs, but that there would not be adequate support, including financial, from donors, volunteers and referring social service agencies to continue The Second Mile as its own entity," the foundation's president and CEO David Woodle said in a statement.
Arrow was founded by Mark Tennant, a native of Washington, Pa., who himself was abused as a boy. "I grew up not far from Penn State and the hurt created by these shocking circumstances affected me personally. I felt the need to turn my heart home and be a part of the healing process," he said in a statement.
Arrow plans to continue Second Mile's programs for at-risk youth and families, including mentoring programs, foster family support and camps. The nonprofit currently serves children after they are placed in foster homes, so taking over Second Mile will allow it to reach out to children in advance of going to foster care. If the courts approve the transfer, which could take months, it plans to open offices in State College, Harrisburg and Philadelphia.