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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