Annual Leadership Development Conference arms student-athlete chapter leaders with tools for success


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As Uplifting Athletes continues to evolve and expand its footprint as a champion of the rare disease community, our nationwide chapter network led by current college football student-athletes continues to be the rock of our foundation.

Educating and training these leaders on the mission and vision of Uplifting Athletes is critical to being able to use the power of sport to inspire the rare disease community with hope. We want to enable these student-athletes to have the biggest impact they can.

This past weekend in Philadelphia, 23 chapter leaders from 14 universities came together for Leadership Development Conference 2017.

Led by the Uplifting Athletes staff, the conference was three days of education, training and relationship building all centered around making a greater impact on the rare disease community.

“I wasn’t aware of how much Uplifting Athletes has done and is doing. The platform we have is such an opportunity,” said Christian Groomes, a chapter leader from Clemson. “It was cool to see all the opportunities we have to raise money and support rare diseases. I think we are going to be a hit at Clemson with some of the ideas we have now.”

Chapter leaders from Clemson, NC State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Syracuse, Illinois, Florida State, Maryland, Stony Brook, Penn and Saint Francis committed a weekend of their short offseason to attend the conference.

Included in the workshop sessions on Saturday and Sunday were an overview of Uplifting Athletes, a team building exercise, Lift For Life and Touchdown Pledge Drive event planning, transferable life skills development, communication and social media training, and an introduction to rare disease patient engagement through Uplifting Experiences.

There was also a breakout session hosted by Kristen Angell from the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD).

In between work sessions, the student-athletes were able to experience some of the unique sights of Philadelphia. There was a cheesesteak lunch in Logan Park followed by a trip to the Art Museum and the “Rocky Steps” for team pictures. Lunch on Sunday was outside the famous City Hall, and the players were free Saturday evening to explore the city and spend some off time together.

“It was a great experience overall. I learned a lot and it was great to get to know the guys from other schools,” Penn State Chapter leader Jason Cabinda said. “There was a lot I can take back to the rest of the guys and share that will help us going forward.”

 

Uplifting Athletes set to host 24 student-athlete chapter leaders for 2017 Leadership Development Conference


LDC 17 GRAPHICFor our eighth consecutive year, we will gather college football student-athletes that are current or future chapter leaders together for three days of education and training during the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference.

This year 24 current football players from 13 universities across the country will travel to Philadelphia on Friday, May 19 to kick off a busy weekend of engaging work sessions, networking and relationship building.

Chapter leaders from Clemson, NC State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Syracuse, Illinois, Florida State, Maryland, Stony Brook, Penn and Saint Francis will start the 2017 conference with a team meal Friday night prior to a full Saturday agenda.

The weekend agenda is driven by the Uplifting Athletes staff, but will also feature a breakout session focused on the rare disease community hosted by Kristen Angell from the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD).

Included in the workshop sessions on Saturday and Sunday are an overview of Uplifting Athletes, a team building exercise, Lift For Life and Touchdown Pledge Drive event planning, transferable life skills development, communication and social media training, and an introduction to rare disease patient engagement through Uplifting Experiences.

We are very excited to bring this group together to learn from each other, to strategize together and to foster the sense of teamwork that inspires us all.

 

Former Syracuse Chapter Vice President Eric Anthony honored for work with Uplifting Athletes


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Senior Eric Anthony was one of three Syracuse student-athletes who earned recognition recently at the 2017 Syracuse University 44 Stars of Excellence Awards Gala.

The former vice president of the Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes was honored for his demonstration of outstanding dedication and commitment to a student organization and its mission.

Anthony earned the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service Award for his commitment to the community.

In addition to his work with Uplifting Athletes, Anthony served as the 2016-17 Syracuse Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) vice president of community outreach. He earned undergraduate degrees in finance and real estate from the Whitman School of Management. At Syracuse, Anthony has helped spearhead the effort to raise more than $25,000 for children fighting rare diseases, delivered Easter baskets to children at Golisano Children’s Hospital and brought the Beads of Courage program to Syracuse Athletics. He also won the 2017 ACC Top 6 Service award.

On behalf of the rare disease community, Uplifting Athletes would like to congratulate Eric Anthony on winning this award and for inspiring others with hope through the power of sport.

 

 

Four FCS Chapters kick off 2017 Lift For Life season with spring events


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Uplifting Athletes kicked off its 2017 Lift For Life season with four FCS Chapters, Penn, Princeton, Saint Francis and Stony Brook, holding events this spring.

Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters to support the mission of inspiring the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

While all chapters in the Uplifting Athletes network hold a Lift For Life, each event has its own individual stamp.

At Penn, the Lift For Life is part of the annual Iron Quaker event to close out the winter lifting program. The Penn Chapter used this max-out day to create a competition between the offense, defense and special teams.

For the first time ever, the Princeton Chapter event was open to the public. The Tigers held their competitive Lift For Life outside the Frist Campus Center and also used a max-out day to add some competition spice to the event. Princeton used the offense vs. defense model and it came down to the final event, tire flip, to decide the winner.

Saint Francis used its annual Lift For Life as the cornerstone of their event, but the Red Flash added a “Community Day” element for 2017. The Saint Francis Chapter added a 5K run for runners of all ages and a punt, pass and kick for kids. The day was capped off by the annual Lift For Life.

To finish off the FCS Chapter run this spring, Stony Brook was forced inside for the second year in a row. Torrential rain prevented the Seawolves from holding their event in LaValle Stadium, but the competitive nature and spirit of their Lift For Life more than made up for the venue change. The Stony Brook Chapter split into four teams this year, and it was the Blue Team edging the Red Team by three points to claim victory.

The four events combined to raise nearly $25,000 for Uplifting Athletes in support of its commitment to life skills development, patient focused programs and rare disease research.

Thank you to all those that supported the Penn, Princeton, Saint Francis and Stony Brook Lift For Life events in 2017. The summer events schedule for our FBS Chapters is building.

 

Saint Francis Uplifting Athletes Community Day featuring Lift For Life will also include a 5K run and Punt, Pass & Kick


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The Saint Francis Uplifting Athletes Community Day featuring the SFU Chapter Lift For Life is scheduled for Sunday, April 30 starting at Noon.

Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters.

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

The Saint Francis Chapter is sharing its Lift For Life as part of a Community Day and will also offer a 5K run and a punt, pass & kick event for children. The Punt, Pass & Kick is exclusively for kids in grades K-8 only. The age group breakdowns are by grade: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Kicking off the Community Day is the 5K run at noon. The race is open to runners of all ages and registration is $3 for children ages 12 and under and $5 for adults. The starting point will be the Saint Francis University Science Building.

Following the 5K run at approximately 1 p.m., the punt, pass & kick will take place on the turf inside DeGol Field.

The SFU Chapter Lift For Life featuring student-athletes from the 2017 Red Flash football team will start at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Fans can support the SFU Chapter and its Lift For Life fundraising efforts or register for any of the Community Day events by visiting the Saint Francis Uplifting Athletes Community Day fundraising site.

All proceeds (including registration fees) from the Saint Francis Uplifting Athletes Community Day featuring its annual Lift For Life supports Uplifting Athletes and its commitment to life skills development, patient focused programs and rare disease research.

Today, the challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The Saint 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 Saint Francis Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2012 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Saint Francis Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of the younger brother of former Red Flash wide receiver Jeff Wasilewski.

Please support the Saint Francis Uplifting Athletes Community Day and help the Red Flash reach their $5,000 fundraising goal.

Thanks for helping the Saint Francis Chapter of Uplifting Athletes tackle rare diseases. Together…We Are…Stronger!

 

Princeton Chapter annual Lift For Life event set for April 27th and is open to the public


PRINCETON LFL 17 GRAPHICThe Princeton Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the rare disease community on April 27 at 4:45 p.m. outside the Frist Campus Center.

Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of chapters led by college football student-athletes.

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

The 2017 Princeton Chapter Lift For Life is a competition that will pit the offense vs. the defense head-to-head on max bench press repetitions.

Fans can pledge based on the total number of bench press repetitions either the Team Offense or Team Defense averages. So choose your favorite side of the ball and pledge to support the Princeton Chapter in its quest to tackle rare diseases by visiting the Tigers fundraising site.

Proceeds from the Princeton Chapter annual Lift For Life supports Uplifting Athletes and its commitment to life skills development, patient focused programs and rare disease research.

Today, the challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. 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 Princeton Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2011 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Princeton Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of Jordan Culbreath, a former Tigers running back.

Culbreath was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and battled through his rare disease diagnosis to return to the field and finish his playing career. His inspiring story of hope not only led his Princeton teammates to form a chapter, Culbreath was also honored as the 2011 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion.

Please support the Princeton Chapter and help the Tigers reach their $15,000 team Lift For Life goal.

 

Sixth annual Uplifting Athletes Gridiron Gala was a night of inspiration


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Uplifting Athletes held its sixth annual Gridiron Gala last weekend at the Keystone Building in Harrisburg, Pa. It was a fantastic evening of celebration focused on positively impacting the rare disease community.

We truly appreciate Dr. Phillip Abbosh, BethAnn Telford, Rob Long and Brett Brackett for joining us and sharing their inspirational stories shining a light on the four Uplifting Athletes programming initiatives.

Dr. Abbosh is a researcher at Fox Chase in Philadelphia and received a research grant from Uplifting Athletes. Telford is a rare brain cancer survivor who has become an advocate and fundraiser. Long is also a rare brain cancer survivor and serves as the inspiration for Syracuse starting an Uplifting Athletes Chapter and Brackett is a former NFL player who served as a past president of the Penn State Chapter.

The support of our Gridiron Gala guests and sponsors goes a long way in helping Uplifting Athletes bring our mission to life across the country as we inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

 

Thanks to everyone who came out for the celebration and a special thank you to our sponsors for making the 2016 Uplifting Athletes Gridiron Gala our most successful ever.

Together … We Are … Stronger!