How Letterman Rudy Glocker Produced and Donated 2,500 Masks
Penn State football letterman Rudy Glocker is always keeping up-to-date with the Nittany Lions. He frequently watches Head Coach James Franklin’s press conferences.
Something that Franklin once said really stuck out to Glocker. It was about competing. Competing in the weight room, competing on the football field, competing in the classroom, competing in the community.
“To me, he is saying that a Penn State football player is not going to give a second-tier effort and everything you do in life should be a first-tier effort,” said Glocker.
Glocker, who was a defensive lineman for the Nittany Lions, graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1991. A native of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, he then earned his master’s in political science from Penn State in 1993. His successful career path has spanned from being an analyst on Wall Street, to a football coach in Sweden, to a vice president at Goldman Sachs to a business owner in the New England region.
Glocker found Burgeon Outdoor in 2019, an outdoor apparel business in Lincoln, New Hampshire. The idea behind starting the business was through Glocker’s childhood memories, when his family went on numerous hiking and skiing trips around the country, with a fair dose of those trips occurring in the small New England towns in the White Mountains, a region he has developed a love for. His belief was outdoor apparel should be made in communities in which it could be used, like the White Mountains region.
“I started this company to help these communities flourish,” said Glocker. “I believe this is an important business because I believe communities like this are important resources. I believe towns like Lincoln enhance the outdoor experience. I believe the people here want to be proud of their town and be proud of the work they do.”
During the difficult times our country is facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, many citizens, businesses, sports team and organizations are making tremendous sacrifices to allow us to stay safe and win this battle. Glocker started his business six months ago, and since then has halted his production line to turn the attention to the pandemic to find ways to help.
Burgeon Outdoors has now focused its time and energy to making cotton masks for health organizations in need. Glocker’s business has already produced and donated 2,500 cotton masks to health organizations, with more coming in the future weeks as more and more organizations have reached out asking for assistance.
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