Dear Friends of Uplifting Athletes,
I hope that you are enjoying a prosperous start to the New Year. As this is a time for refocusing goals and beginning new endeavors, Uplifting Athletes is also beginning some exciting new projects that we would like to share with you.
This January, we will kick-off our Rare Disease Champion campaign. Now in its 4th year, this special campaign allows us to recognize these true champions that have helped to define Uplifting Athletes and share their inspirational stories with the rest of the world. Also, the planning of our April 20th “Gridiron Gala” is well underway and it’s going to be amazing! There are too many details to share in just one blog post, so for now please visit our web site to learn more about what we have in store for this black-tie optional event!
Right now I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank the outstanding people who helped to make 2011 one of Uplifting Athlete’s best.
College Kick-Off Challenge
Uplifting Athletes has been busy since your last newsletter. First, our annual College Kick-off Challenge raised over $17,000 in September! This campaign was highlighted by tailgates hosted by Don Farinelli, Members 1st FCU, Harrisburg Senators Baseball and Pavone Advertising. AmeriChoice FCU, Lower Dauphin School District, Penn Credit and LeadingAge PA all organized a college football themed dress down day to raise money and awareness for rare diseases.
Our chapter leaders have been busy, too. The Penn State chapter held their annual VIP luncheon after their game against Iowa. They also participated in a “trashcan football” competition to engage fans outside of the stadium before their game against Nebraska to raise money for kidney cancer research. NC State created a “Penny Wars” contest on campus between their dining halls and a “Gate Take” during their game against Central Michigan to raise money for leukemia research. Al Netter was recognized for his participation in Uplifting Athletes at Northwestern by his selection to the prestigious “Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.” Last, but not least, Colgate‘s chapter of Uplifting Athletes presented a check during halftime of their game against Fordham for Ependymoma research in honor of Coach Vogt.
Team UA runners participated in the Chicago Marathon, Hershey Half and Tri-State Tough Mudder, raising a total of $4,850! This is a campaign that anyone can do in honor or memory of a loved one. Read their motivational stories here. Nick & Kara Fox and Drew & Christina Praster also included Uplifting Athletes in their big day by making a donation in lieu of traditional wedding favors.
Thanks again to everyone who helped make 2011 a great year! Now at the beginning of 2012, I encourage you to take this New Year and new start as an opportunity to connect with us in new ways. Find us on social media (Facebook & Twitter), talk to a friend about our organization and get personally involved in the fight against rare diseases. We have a long way to go, but there are a lot of opportunities on the horizon.
—Scott Shirley, Executive Director