A big part of our mission at Uplifting Athletes is awareness. Our college football chapters across the country help their chosen rare disease in so many ways, but getting the word out is part of why these young men do what they do.
Today, February 28, is Rare Disease Day. And we pause to salute and inspire the nearly 30 millions Americans battling one of 7,000 rare diseases across the country.
As for the other 364 days of the year, member of the Uplifting Athletes family tree continue to bring the fight against rare diseases to a nationwide audience.
Our chapters on 20 college campuses across the country continue to strengthen the marriage between college football and the rare disease community.
In the last two months alone the Syracuse Chapter held a push-up challenge, Penn State’s Chapter put together a successful Kids Combine and Florida State held a Touchdown Pledge Drive for the BCS National Championship Game against Auburn.
And Wisconsin and South Carolina squared off on the field for the Capital One Bowl. So each Uplifting Athletes Chapter held a Touchdown Pledge Drive in conjunction with the bowl game appearance.
In 2013 Uplifting Athletes had its biggest and busiest year ever. More of our chapters held events than in any previous year. Our Lift For Life season during the summer was non-stop.
Each of our 2013 Uplifting Athletes events, Gridiron Gala, TV Tailgate, AmeriChoice Golf Outing, Liberty Mutual Golf Outing and Highmark Walk For Life was bigger and better.
And in support of Team UA, we held our first GORUCK Challenge and raised nearly $25,000 in support of the rare disease community.
Our partnership with the Maxwell Football Club in support of our annual Rare Disease Champion continues to expand and grow. Nebraska fullback C.J. Zimmerer is our 2014 winner and will be honored at the Maxwell Awards Gala later in March for his tireless support of pediatric brain cancer.
We continue to add news schools with each passing month. Recently Clemson, Baylor and Georgetown each either were recognized as official Uplifting Athletes Chapters, or the necessary paperwork is pending.
All this allowed Uplifting Athletes to double the amount invested in rare disease research from, jumping from $152,478 in 2012 to $311,885 as part of a memorable 2013.
To everyone involved with Uplifting Athletes, to everyone participating in various Rare Disease Day events, to all our supporters and corporate sponsors we would like to say thank you. Together, we will make a difference in the lives of 30 million Americans. Together…We Are…Stronger!