Maryland Chapter seventh annual Lift For Life set for July 28th


MARYLAND LFL GRAPHIC 16The Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life event on Thursday, July 28th.

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

The Maryland Chapter will continue its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

This will be the seventh Maryland Chapter Lift For Life as part of Uplifting Athletes.

Terrapins fans are encouraged to come support the 2016 Maryland football team as it helps bring the vision of Uplifting Athletes to life; which is to empower people to take action against rare diseases and inspires the medical community to find cures.

The Maryland Chapter leadership team has chosen to organize its fundraising efforts by position groups. You can find your favorite Maryland player and donate.

In order to support the Maryland Chapter and help the Terrapins reach their $10,000 Lift For Life goal, visit the Maryland Chapter fundraising site.

Proceeds from the Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes annual Lift For Life 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 Maryland 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 Maryland Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2009 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Maryland Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of former Terrapins quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Esiason’s son, Gunner, lives with the rare disease cystic fibrosis and his battle served as the inspiration for Maryland to join Uplifting Athletes.

Please consider helping the Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes tackle rare diseases.

 

 

NC State Chapter uses player-run practice as Lift For Life event to support rare disease community



For the second consecutive year the NC State Chapter used its player-run practice to hold its annual Lift For Life inside the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility Wednesday night.

This was the sixth Lift For Life held by the NC State Chapter as part of Uplifting Athletes and continued its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

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

“This year, a lot like last year, we decided to do our Lift For Life on a Wednesday when we do our player-run practices. We do 7-on-7 and one-on-ones and fans could come out and actually see us practice,” said NC State Chapter President and quarterback Josh Taylor.

“When I first heard about Uplifting Athletes at NC State it was something I wanted to get involved in. As college football players this is something we can use our platform as athletes to make a difference in the community.”

Wolfpack fans were able to watch the 2016 team work out and then interact with the squad all in support of the rare disease community.

You can still support the NC State Chapter and help the Wolfpack reach their fundraising goal by making a donation to the NC State Chapter fundraising site.

Proceeds from the NC State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes annual Lift For Life supports rare disease research and patient focused programs.

“One thing we’ve been able to do is get the word out to the triangle community about how rare disease affect Americans and raise money to support this great cause,” said NC State Chapter Vice President and tight end Cole Cook. “Thanks to everybody who came out to watch us and donated. We really appreciate it and we hope to use what we’re doing here to make a further impact and help find a cure for rare diseases.”

The NC State Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2011 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led NC State Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of former offensive coordinator Dana Bible, who battled the rare disease acute promyelocytic leukemia in 2009.

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 NC 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.

Please consider helping the NC State Chapter tackle rare diseases by making a donation to support the rare disease community.

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Rare diseases get a day in the sun at 14th annual Penn State Chapter Lift For Life


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A sun-splashed Saturday greeted Nittany Lions fans for the 14th annual Uplifting Athletes Penn State Chapter Lift For Life event at the lacrosse field on campus.

The packed grandstand full of blue and white clad spectators was treated to a nearly 90-minute workout by the 2016 Penn State football team in support of the rare disease community.

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

Each Uplifting Athletes Chapter has its own unique rare disease inspiration, but also serves as a teammate for the rare disease community to help inspire others with hope through the power of sport.

The Penn State Chapter is the charter Uplifting Athletes Chapter and started what has become a nationwide movement in 2003.

Proceeds from the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes annual Lift For Life supports rare disease research and patient focused programs. The 2016 Lift For Life raised nearly $75,000 and the total for Penn State over 14 years is more than $1.2 million.

“I just want to thank all the fans who came out for the event and everyone who supported us with donations that help the rare disease community,” Penn State Chapter President and DE Garrett Sickels said. “It’s an honor to be the leader of Uplifting Athletes’ Penn State Chapter. This cause started by Scott Shirley 15 years ago still matters. And it’s important to me and my teammates.”

The 2016 Penn State Lift For Life consisted of five events between teams of offensive players versus defensive players. There was a 225-pound bench press competition, sled push, tire flip, obstacle course, and head-to-head farmers carry. Every player competed in one or two events before the tug-a-war finished off the workout.

“It’s a great event for me personally, for sure,” center Brian Gaia said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to keep the tradition alive that Scott Shirley started 15 years ago to raise money for rare diseases and get out here and compete a little bit.”

During the Lift For Life, the Penn State Chapter also conducted a kids clinic run by the incoming Nittany Lions freshman class. Additionally, the Penn State Police Department had a patrol car on hand and the Centre LifeLink EMS brought along an ambulance for kids to explore.

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Former Penn State Nittany Lions Ben Kline and Austin Johnson enjoy a laugh at the 14th annual Uplifting Athletes Penn State Chapter Lift For Life.

Recent Nittany Lions football alumni Ben Kline, the former Penn State Chapter President, Jesse James, Carl Nassib, Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel all returned to campus for the 2016 Lift For Life.

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 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.

“This is my first year being involved with Uplifting Athletes and I’ve learned a lot about what this organization is,” Penn State quarterback and Chapter leader Trace McSorley said. “We put in a lot of hard work this summer to put on a great event to support the rare disease community. It’s good to see it come to fruition.”

At the end of the event, all fans and spectators were ushered onto the field and handed a new 2016 team poster for the autograph session.

2016 Penn State Chapter Lift For Life Photo Gallery (PennLive)

14th annual Lift For Life stays fresh for founder, Penn State football players (Centre Daily Times)

Penn State football players stage annual Lift For Life event (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Penn State players lift for a good cause (Reading Eagle Times)

Northern Arizona Chapter excited for inaugural Lift For Life on July 29th


NAU LFL GRAPHIC 16The Northern Arizona Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its inaugural Lift For Life event on Friday, July 29th.

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

The Lumberjacks Chapter will 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 Northern Arizona Chapter has been working hard for more than a year to get all the pieces in place to hold this inaugural Lift For Life event.

This year the Northern Arizona Chapter Lift For Life will take place at the Walkup Skydome at 7 a.m. The Northern Arizona Lift For Life is open to the public.

Fans are encouraged to come out and support the 2016 Lumberjacks football team as they help bring the vision of Uplifting Athletes to life; which is to empower people to take action against rare diseases and inspires the medical community to find cures

“This is our first event, and we’re hoping to get the university and community out to support our cause,” said NAU Chapter leader Corbin Jountti.

For the fundraising, Northern Arizona has divided into offense and defense to create some friendly competition.

In order to support the Northern Arizona Chapter and help the Lumberjacks reach their $5,000 Lift For Life goal, visit the Northern Arizona Chapter fundraising site.

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 Northern 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 Northern Arizona Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2015 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. Please consider helping the Northern Arizona Chapter of Uplifting Athletes tackle rare diseases.

 

Clemson Chapter second annual Lift For Life was an early wake-up call to serve the rare disease community


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Even before the sun was up Friday morning in Death Valley, members of 2016 Clemson Tigers football team and the entire strength and conditioning staff were busy working out to help others.

The second annual Clemson Chapter Lift For Life benefitting the rare disease community through Uplifting Athletes was the order of business for the Tigers on this particular day.

“With all that is going on around the world, it was really cool to see our locker room come together for something much bigger than ourselves,” said Clemson Chapter President and Tigers punter Andy Teasdall. “It’s nice to have a different perspective on what we do that allows our platform as college football student-athletes to help those less fortunate.”

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

The Clemson Chapter continued its mission last Friday of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

“It was amazing how many people were so willing to not only help out the rare disease community by donating, but also by spreading the word of what we were doing,” Teasdall said. “Our friends, family, and fans were extremely willing to help our fight against rare diseases.  I am looking forward to what is to come with Uplifting Athletes and the Clemson Chapter.”

This years Lift For Life has raised nearly $4,500 to benefit Uplifting Athletes and its programming that supports the rare disease community. Tigers’ fans can still donate and help the Tigers reach their $5,000 fundraising goal by visiting the Clemson Chapter fundraising site.

The Clemson Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2014 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. Founded by former kicker Chandler Catanzaro and long snapper Jim Brown, the student-athlete led Clemson Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of an assistant coach who fought kidney cancer, a former player who fights Castleman disease, and a member of the Tigers athletic staff whose child battles neuroblastoma.

“Coach Batson, Coach Smo, the other coaches, as well as the players did an awesome job being flexible to be on the same page to make this work,” Teasdall said. “Also, thanks to our compliance department for helping us out and letting us put on this great event.”

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Syracuse Chapter third annual Lift For Life set for July 20th at 7 p.m.


SYRACUSE LFL GRAPHIC 16The Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life event on Wednesday, July 20th.

For the second consecutive year, the Syracuse Chapter Lift For Life will be open to the public and will take place at Manley Field House at 7 p.m.

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

The Orange Chapter will continue its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport. This will be the third Syracuse Chapter Lift For Life as part of Uplifting Athletes.

Fans are encouraged to come out and support the 2016 Orange football team as they help bring the vision of Uplifting Athletes to life; which is to empower people to take action against rare diseases and inspires the medical community to find cures.

For its fundraising efforts Syracuse has divided the team into nine groups. So you can find your favorite Orange player on the roster and make a donation for that particular team.

In order to support the Syracuse Chapter and help the Orange reach their $15,000 Lift For Life goal, visit the Syracuse Chapter fundraising site.

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 Syracuse Chapter, along with a nationwide network of teams, is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare disease patients.

The Syracuse Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2013 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Syracuse Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of Rob Long, a former Orange punter and team captain.

Long was diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumor and battled through his rare disease to make a full recovery. Long continues to be a strong rare disease advocate and supporter of the Syracuse Chapter.

Please consider helping the Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes tackle rare diseases.

Third annual Florida State Lift For Life set for July 27th at 4 p.m.


FSU LIFT FOR LIFE IMAGEThe Florida State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life event on Wednesday, July 27th at 4 p.m. at the Seminoles indoor practice facility.

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

The Seminoles Chapter will continue its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport. This will be the third Florida State Chapter Lift For Life as part of Uplifting Athletes.

Proceeds from the Seminole’s Lift For Life will benefit the rare disease community through Uplifting Athletes and its priority partnership with the Kidz 1st Fund.

Seminoles fans are encouraged to come out and support the 2016 Florida State football team as they help bring the vision of Uplifting Athletes to life; which is to empower people to take action against rare diseases and inspires the medical community to find cures.

The leadership team for the FSU Chapter has split up its fundraising efforts by position group. You can find your favorite player by position and make a donation to that position group.

In order to support the Florida State Chapter and help the Seminoles reach their $5,000 Lift For Life goal, visit the FSU Chapter fundraising site.

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 Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher and the battle one his sons, Ethan, endures with the rare disease Fanconi anemia.

Please consider helping the Florida State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes tackle rare diseases.

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