The continued support of our expanding coast-to-coast network of student-athlete led chapters is the main reason for our success.
On behalf of the 30 million Americans currently battling a rare disease, and our 25 college football student athlete-led chapters, thank you for helping Uplifting Athletes tackle rare diseases.
In 2014 our network of chapters held 34 events from the signature Lift For Life raising more than $200,000 for rare disease research to our new in-season Touchdown Pledge Drive bringing in almost $36,000.
Uplifting Athletes could not support our network of 25 college football student-athlete led Chapters to raise research dollars and spread awareness without our supporters.
The Heisman Trust became an Uplifting Athletes supporter in 2014 with a chapter expansion and growth matching grant. Our chapters raised nearly $250,000 for rare disease research through its events. And the Penn State Chapter eclipsed the $1 million raised threshold since 2003 in support of kidney cancer research.
So as 2014 comes to a close we can all join together to celebrate the ability of our chapters this year to capitalize on the grand stage of the college football season – the time of year when the student-athletes are the most relevant.
“I am very grateful to you for bringing Uplifting Athletes to Arizona and teaching my son the value of service. feel like his experience with this has been more beneficial than any class or football game could be. I am very proud of Brendan for many things, but his involvement with Uplifting Athletes is among the top.” – Jodi Murphy, Mom of Arizona Chapter President Brendan Murphy
For the first time in our seven-year history, each Uplifting Athletes Chapter had the opportunity to support their individual chosen rare disease with an in-season Touchdown Pledge Drive.
Football is all about teamwork, and it took a cohesive team effort by everyone involved with Uplifting Athletes to make these awareness and fundraising campaigns happen at 13 chapters nationwide in 2014.
With Uplifting Athletes becoming directly relevant during the college football season for the first time, our platform is now bigger and stronger.
And we want to continue to have a loud voice in 2015 on this grand stage of college football in order to continue our support of those fighting any one of the 7,000 rare diseases.
“Uplifting Athletes has done so much for me. This organization brought me closer to my college teammates and connected me with some tremendous people in the Big Ten Conference. Working with Uplifting Athletes means being part of something bigger than the game.” – Chris Borland, San Francisco Forty-Niners LB and Wisconsin graduate