Uplifting Athletes Chapters cross the goal line for 2016 Touchdown Pledge Drive season with strong finish


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At the peak of their football season, 11 members of the Uplifting Athletes Chapter network donated their time and hard work to run Touchdown Pledge Drives.

In its third year of existence, Arizona, Clemson, Colgate, Florida State, Maryland, Penn State, Penn, Princeton, St. Francis, Stony Brook and Syracuse hosted Touchdown Pledge Drive games.

This empowered our college football student-athlete led chapters to continue their mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

Penn, who shared the Ivy League title with Princeton, ran a campaign that included all of its Ivy games and included the offense, defense and kicking game. Colgate and Princeton each ran offense vs. defense drives. The remaining eight chapters ran a pledge drive based solely on touchdowns.

All total the 2016 Touchdown Pledge Drives raised nearly $35,000 in support of the rare disease community through Uplifting Athletes.

To learn more about the individual accomplishments of each chapter, visit the Uplifting Athletes 2016 Touchdown Pledge Drive page.

Proceeds from the Uplifting Athletes 2016 Touchdown Pledge Drive supports rare disease research and patient focused programs.

Thank you to each of the 11 chapters and all those who donated for shining a spotlight on the rare disease community.

 

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook sets school record for rushing yards with 228 yards and four touchdowns to earn Uplifting Athletes Player of the Week


dalvin-cook-1Florida State continues to make itself more attractive as bowl game pick despite a three-loss season. Two of those three setbacks, Clemson and North Carolina, are by three or fewer points.

Running back Dalvin Cook is arguably the best back in the country and he had another big game for the Seminoles on the road at Syracuse with 225 yards and four touchdowns for FSU’s fourth in a row to claim Uplifting Athletes Player of the Week.

Cook, a junior from Miami, rang up his 225 yards on 28 carries with touchdowns runs of 25, 17, 11 and 8 yards with three of those coming in the third quarter when the Seminoles seized control of a 21-7 game at halftime. Cook also became the No. 1 rusher in Florida State history during his big afternoon under the dome.

Uplifting Athletes Player of the Week 2016

Week 1: QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame

Week 2: QB Jake Browning, Washington

Week 3: QB Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska

Week 4: RB Ty Johnson, Maryland

Week 5: QB Trace McSorley, Penn State

Week 6: QB Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Week 7: QB Shane Thorson, Northwestern

Week 8: QB Justin Johnson, Georgia Tech

Week 9: WR John Ross, Washington

Week 10: QB Alex Torgersen, Penn

 

Penn State Chapter Touchdown Pledge set for road game Saturday night at Rutgers


trace-1The Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is holding its 2016 Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community Saturday when the Nittany Lions hit the road to face Rutgers.

Led by Garrett Sickels, Tom Devenney and Trace McSorley, the Penn State Chapter leaders are challenging fans to join together and pledge any amount to help them reach their goal of $1,000 per touchdown.

A previous donor to the Penn State Chapter has agreed to pledge another $1,000 per touchdown once the initial goal is met.

To make a pledge, visit the online Penn State Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

Each touchdown the Nittany Lions score against Rutgers helps the student-athlete led Penn State Chapter continue its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

“These pledge drives are so much fun because it’s a chance for us to work with our fans and accomplish something bigger than football together,” said McSorley, the Nittany Lions starting quarterback. “And Uplifting Athletes has been good for our team, definitely, but even more so for the people with rare diseases we’re able to help”

During its six-game winning streak, the Penn State offense is averaging five touchdowns per game.

Proceeds from the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes Football Pledge Drive supports rare disease research and patient focused programs.

The Penn State Chapter is the charter Uplifting Athletes Chapter and started what has become a nationwide movement in 2003. Since its inception, the Penn State Chapter has raised more than $1 million in support of life changing research for the rare diseases community.

Support the Penn State Chapter and its efforts to make a difference in the rare disease community by signing up for its Touchdown Pledge Drive today!

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Penn QB Alex Torgersen sets school record and leads late comeback to earn Uplifting Athletes Player of the Week


torgersen-pennPenn stayed in the hunt for a second consecutive season of earning at least a share of the Ivy League title with a huge home victory over Harvard.

Quakers senior quarterback Alex Torgersen led his team on a late touchdown drive, threw for 263 yards with two touchdowns and became Penn’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns with 51 to earn the Uplifting Athletes Player of the Week honor.

Right after Harvard made it 14-14 with less than four minutes to play, Torgersen took the Quakers right down the field, covering 80 yards in 10 plays. Torgersen was 8-for-9 on that drive and capped it with a 2-yard TD pass to Justin Watson with 15 seconds to play.

Torgersen has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards this season with 16 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He’s also rushed for nearly 350 yards with an additional six scores.

Week 1: QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame

Week 2: QB Jake Browning, Washington

Week 3: QB Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska

Week 4: RB Ty Johnson, Maryland

Week 5: QB Trace McSorley, Penn State

Week 6: QB Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Week 7: QB Shane Thorson, Northwestern

Week 8: QB Justin Johnson, Georgia Tech

Week 9: WR John Ross, Washington

 

 

Arizona Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive on Saturday against Pac-12 foe Colorado


arizona-td-pledge-graphic-16The Arizona Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is counting on the offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday for its 2016 Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community when the Wildcats welcome Colorado to Tucson for a Pac-12 contest.

Each touchdown the Wildcats score against Colorado helps the student-athlete led Arizona Chapter continue its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

The leadership team of the student-athlete led Uplifting Athletes Chapter and all the members of the 2016 Wildcats squad is asking fans to support their efforts by making a pledge through the Arizona online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

Proceeds from the Arizona Chapter of Uplifting Athletes Touchdown Pledge Drive supports rare disease research and patient focused programs.

The challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The grassroots effort of the Arizona Chapter, along with a nationwide network of teams, is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

The Arizona Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2014 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Arizona Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of Andrew Valdez, a Tucson teenager who was a huge Arizona Wildcats fan.

Valdez lost his battle with cystic fibrosis in 2015, but the Arizona Chapter remains committed to the inspiration he provided by continuing to be a champion for the rare disease community through Uplifting Athletes.

Support the Arizona Chapter and its efforts to make a difference in the rare disease community by signing up for its Touchdown Pledge Drive today!

 

 

Florida State Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive set for Friday night against ACC opponent Boston College


fsu-td-pledge-16-graphicFlorida State’s offense has been consistent all season, putting up an average of 35 points a game for the Seminoles this year.

The Florida State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, led by President and starting center Alec Eberle, is counting on the offense to put a few touchdowns on the board for its 2016 Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community when the Seminoles host Boston College this Friday night game at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Each touchdown the Seminoles score against Boston College helps the student-athlete led Florida State Chapter continue its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

The leadership team of the student-athlete led Uplifting Athletes Chapter and all the members of the 2016 Seminoles squad is asking fans to support their efforts by making a pledge through the Florida State online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

Proceeds from the FSU Chapter of Uplifting Athletes Touchdown Pledge Drive support rare disease research and patient focused programs in partnership with head coach Jimbo Fisher’s foundation, Kidz1stFund.

The challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The grassroots effort of the Florida State Chapter, along with a nationwide network of teams, is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

The Florida State Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2013 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Florida State Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of the Fisher family.

Former FSU tight end Kevin Haplea started the Uplifting Athletes Chapter in Tallahassee. His inspiration came from Fisher and the battle one of his sons, Ethan, was enduring with the rare disease Fanconi anemia.

Support the Florida State Chapter and its efforts to make a difference in the rare disease community by signing up for its Touchdown Pledge Drive today!

 

 

Washington WR John Ross explodes for 208 yards and three scores for Huskies to earn Uplifting Athletes Player of the Week


John RossWashington continued its march toward a spot in the College Football Playoff and stayed unbeaten with a dominating 66-27 victory at Cal.

Wide receiver John Ross, one of the fastest players in the Pac-12 and perhaps the country, ran free against the Bears secondary to earn the Uplifting Athletes Player of the Week.

Ross, a 5-11 junior from Long Beach, California, had six catches for 208 yards and three touchdowns covering 67, 60 and 6 yards. Ross averaged 34.7 yards per catch as part of an offense that rolled up more than 700 total yards and had put 49 points on the board early in the third quarter.

For the season, Ross has 44 catches, 14 touchdowns and is averaging nearly 17 yards per reception as part of a talented and deep Washington receiving corps.

Week 1: QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame

Week 2: QB Jake Browning, Washington

Week 3: QB Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska

Week 4: RB Ty Johnson, Maryland

Week 5: QB Trace McSorley, Penn State

Week 6: QB Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Week 7: QB Shane Thorson, Northwestern

Week 8: QB Justin Johnson, Georgia Tech