Pair of Uplifting Athletes Chapter leaders selected as 2016 Campbell Trophy semifinalists


 

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A pair of Uplifting Athletes Chapter leaders have been chosen as a semifinalist for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity.

Illinois Chapter President and starting center Joe Spencer and St. Francis Chapter leader and kicker Lance Geesey are among the 156 semifinalists announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2, possess outstanding football ability and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

Spencer has been president of the Illinois Chapter for the last three years and has been instrumental is raising the profile of the Illini Chapter in the rare disease community. Spencer has made 28 starts in his career and is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy (nation’s best center) and Wuerffel Trophy (community service award).

Geesey was an FCS Athletic Directors All-American in 2015 after making 16 of 17 field goals last season and 28 of 29 extra points and has assisted each of the last two years with St. Francis Chapter Lift For Life. Geesey, the 2015 winner of the CFPA Placekicker of the Year Award, was a Preseason All-America selection by College Sports Madness, Football Gameplan, HERO Sports and STATS FCS.

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6.

St. Francis Chapter ready to host Touchdown Pledge Drive for home opener Saturday against Malone


saint-francis-td-pledge-graphic-16There should be some sort of Road Warriors Award for the 2016 St. Francis football team. The Red Flash opened the season with four consecutive games on the road and logged some serious miles.

When the Red Flash finally plays its home opener on Saturday, October 1 against Malone, the football teams wants make that day special.

For the home opener against Malone, The St. Francis Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is counting on the offense to put a few touchdowns on the board for its Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community.

Each touchdown the Red Flash score against Malone helps the student-athlete led St. Francis 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 Red Flash squad is asking fans to support their efforts by making a pledge through the St. Francis online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

Proceeds from the St. Francis 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 St. Francis 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 St. Francis Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2012 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led St. Francis Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of the younger brother of former Red Flash wide receiver Jeff Wasilewski.

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

 

Colgate Chapter holding offense-defense Pledge Drive for home opener Saturday against Cornell


colgate-pledge-graphic-16-newColgate claimed the Patriot League title a year ago and won a pair of FCS college football playoff games in a banner year for the Raiders’ program. But that was last year and time marches on like smoke through a keyhole.

The Raiders still have enough pieces back to have a legitimate shot at repeating behind quarterback Jake Melville and a defense that will once again be strong against the run.

For the 2016 home opener against Cornell on Saturday, October 1st, The Colgate Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is counting on the offense to put a few touchdowns on the board and the defense to come up with a few turnovers and sacks for its Colgate Football Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community.

Each touchdown the Raiders offense scores and each sack or turnover the defense registers against Cornell helps the Colgate 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 Raiders squad is asking fans to support their efforts by making a pledge through the Colgate online Football Pledge Drive site.

Proceeds from the Colgate Chapter of Uplifting Athletes Football 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 Colgate 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 Colgate Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2008 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Colgate Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of former offensive coach Casey Vogt, who was diagnosed with the rare disease ependymoma.

Coach Vogt recovered fully from his battle and returned to coach. And the Colgate Chapter has continued its nearly decade-long support of the rare disease community.

Colgate also has established a relationship with 10-year-old ependymoma patient Colin Hayward and his family that serves as an ongoing inspiration to the Raiders.

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

 

 

Penn Chapter launches seven-game Ivy League game Football Pledge Drive to support rare disease community


penn-pledge-drive-graphic-16After sharing the Ivy League championship with Harvard and Dartmouth last season, the Penn Quakers have every reason to believe an outright Ivy League title is there for the taking in 2016.

Penn welcomes back 12 starters, including seven on offense, and have more veteran offensive firepower back in the fold than any team in the Ivy League.

The Penn Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is using its 2016 Ivy League season to support its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

Each touchdown on offense, turnover on defense and kicking point from the special teams during the Quakers’ seven-game Ivy League slate this season will support the rare disease community.

The leadership team of the student-athlete led Penn Chapter, along with all the members of the 2016 Quakers squad, is asking fans to support their efforts by making a pledge to the offense, defense or special teams through the online Pledge Football Pledge Drive site.

Proceeds from the Penn Chapter of Uplifting Athletes Football 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 Penn 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 Penn Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2015 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. Moved by former player Kaleb Germinaro, recently diagnosed with MS, David Fajgenbaum, a Castleman’s Disease Researcher who has the disease himself, and Vhito Decapria, five year old team captain and brain cancer survivor, the Quakers are full speed ahead this season to raise awareness and money about rare diseases. They need YOUR help to do that.

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

Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. amasses 378 total yards at Northwestern to earn Uplifting Athletes Player of the Week


NCAA FOOTBALL: NOV 27 Iowa at Nebraska

What a difference a year makes for the Nebraska Cornhuskers program. One year ago head coach Mike Riley’s team was 2-2 after four games and headed for a 6-7 season that included a bowl victory.

Nebraska is 4-0 to start this season after a solid road victory at Northwestern over the weekend. And QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. has played a big role for the No. 15 ranked Huskers.

The Uplifting Athletes Player of the Week had a monster game against the Wildcats, throwing for 246 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also rushed for a career high 132 yards on 13 carries to account for 378 yards of total offense

Armstrong is an explosive dual threat and always has been. Ball security was the issue holding him back from being an elite Big Ten quarterback. This year through four games the senior has thrown eight touchdowns and only one interception. Last year he threw 22 touchdowns, but also had 16 picks.

This week the Huskers host Illinois at Memorial Stadium for the Uplifting Athletes Awareness Game. Kickoff is 3:30 EST.

Week 1: QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame

Week 2: QB Jake Browning, Washington

Uplifting Athletes donates $25,000 to Fox Chase Cancer Center for kidney cancer research in honor of Shimko family


temple-fox-chase-imageUplifting Athletes presented a $25,000 to the Fox Chase Cancer Center in support of kidney cancer research earlier this week.

The research grant to Fox Chase is made in honor of the Shimko Family through the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes in support of its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

This award is for a young investigator working on translational research to benefit the kidney cancer community. The grant from Uplifting Athletes to Fox Chase Cancer Center will enhance the research being done by Dr. Phillip Abbosh under the guidance of Dr. Robert G. Uzzo.

“It’s an honor to put this money to work in the name of the Shimko family. Their support has been unwavering,” said Uplifting Athletes founder Scott Shirley. “This is a great example of our efforts to directly fund more early-stage projects that are focused on the rare diseases [such as kidney cancer] that inspire us, and at the same time, have translational benefits that will potentially help all rare disease patients.”

Michael Shimko Sr. passed away in 2006 from kidney cancer. A huge Penn State football fan, his passing served as an inspiration for his widow JoAnn, and son Michael Jr. to make an impact.

For the last 10 years, the Shimko Golf Outing in Scranton has raised funds to support the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes and the kidney cancer community.

JoAnn and Michael Jr. joined Uplifting Athletes in Philadelphia for the check presentation, and were able to talk with Dr. Abbosh and Dr. Uzzo about their research and the impact those funds would have. Dr. Abbosh also took them on a tour of Fox Chase including a visit to the lab.

“Over the past 10 years, my mother and I have worked tirelessly with our friends and family to raise funds for kidney cancer research,” Michael Shimko Jr. said. “It’s an honor to support an institution like Temple Fox Chase whose commitment to cancer research is so unwavering.”

The college football student-athlete led Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes has championed the kidney cancer cause since 2003, and has raised more than $1 million in support of research for this rare disease.

Penn State defensive end Garrett Sickels is the PSU Chapter President, who along with 14 of his teammates form the leadership team that helped organize the annual Lift For Life. Donations can be made through the end of September to help them reach their goal at give.upliftingathletes.org/psulift2016

Stony Brook Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive set for home opener Saturday against Sacred Heart


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Success this season for Stony Brook is centered around the Seawolves offense scoring more points. The SBU defense has the pieces to continue its recent trend of being among the best in the country.

The Stony Brook Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is counting on the offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday, September 24th for its 2016 Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community when the Seawolves host Sacred Heart at LaValle Stadium.

Each touchdown the Seawolves score against Sacred Heart helps the student-athlete led Stony Brook 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 Seawolves squad is asking fans to support their efforts by making a pledge through the Stony Brook online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

Proceeds from the Stony Brook 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 Stony Brook 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 Stony Brook Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2014 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Stony Brook Chapter serves the rare disease community based on a long-term relationship between the Seawolves head coach Chuck Priore and a rare disease patient.

Joey Ferminella is a teenager who battled the rare disease medullolblastoma and is very much part of the Seawolves program annually thanks to his personal relationship with Priore, and the Stony Brook players.

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