14th annual Penn State Chapter Lift For Life set for July 16

PSU LFL 15 PHOTOThe Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life event Saturday, July 16th.

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

The Nittany Lions 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 14th consecutive year the Penn State Chapter has done a Lift For Life as part of Uplifting Athletes.

This year the Penn State Chapter Lift For Life will take place at the PSU lacrosse field and will start at 11 a.m. The Penn State Lift For Life is open to the public.

Nittany Lions fans are encouraged to come out and support the 2016 Penn State 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.

“I’m really looking forward to our Lift For Life benefitting the rare disease community,” said PSU Chapter Director of Player Logistics and quarterback Trace McSorley. “Being a leader of this event has given me a different perspective into the event with all the planning and logistics that goes into it. I’m excited to see all the hard work come to fruition.”

To support the rare disease community the Penn State Chapter leadership team, headed up by President Garrett Sickels, each current player on the 2016 roster has an individual fundraising page.

In order to support the Penn State Chapter and help the Nittany Lions reach their $125,000 Lift For Life goal, visit the Penn State Chapter fundraising site and find your favorite Nittany Lions player page to donate.

During the Lift For Life, the Penn State Chapter will conduct a kids clinic from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost to participate in the clinic is $15 per child. Each child will receive a Lift For Life T-shirt. Additionally, the Penn State Police Department will have a patrol car on hand and the Centre LifeLink EMS will have an ambulance for kids to explore.

More than 80 football squad members are expected to participate in the Penn State Chapter Lift For Life and will be available for an autograph session immediately after the event on the Lacrosse Field. The 2016 Penn State Football poster will be available, while supplies last.

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.

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

Uplifting Athletes founder Scott Shirley was playing football for Penn State and learned his father was diagnosed with kidney cancer and that it was classified as a rare disease since the mortality rate was so high. There was not a large enough patient community to attract research and development.

When one of Shirley’s Nittany Lion teammates learned of these challenges, he suggested that they do something since they were in a position to shine their spotlight on those who needed a voice. The Penn State team rallied around the idea of leveraging a summer strength and conditioning competition into a fund raising event called Lift For Life.

They soon realized that the benefits of this new organization were far greater than they had imagined. Penn State has held a Lift For Life as part of Uplifting Athletes every year since.

“Lift For Life is an important event for Penn State football,” McSorley said. “It allows us to use our platform as college athletes to try and make a difference in our community along with having the chance to work out and compete in front of our fans.”

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


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