Uplifting Athletes is pleased to announce the four finalists for the 2017 Rare Disease Champion Award.
The Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award is given to a leader in college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community.
The four finalists chosen to determine the ninth winner of the award are: Pittsburgh running back James Conner, Michigan fullback Michael Hirsch, Iowa State defensive end Mitchell Meyers and Notre Dame running back Dexter Williams.
A public online vote will be live from January 9th until midnight on January 31st to determine the 2017 Rare Disease Champion. In order to cast your vote, visit the Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion website. Fans can vote once per day for your favorite finalist the rest of the month.
The finalist with the most votes will be winner. The champion will be officially recognized on February 1st to kick off Rare Disease Month.
The 2017 Rare Disease Champion will be honored as part of the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala on Friday, March 10th in Atlantic City at the Tropicana Casino & Resort.
USC Trojans long snapper Jake Olson was the 2016 Rare Disease Champion and became the fifth FBS player to capture the award.
Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit founded in 2007 that inspires the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport. With a network of university chapters run by current college football FBS and FCS student-athletes, Uplifting Athletes has had a more than $400 million economic impact on the rare disease community.