For the second consecutive year the Penn football team included Uplifting Athletes’ Lift For Life as part of its Iron Quaker – the traditional workout to end the winter workout season.
The Penn Chapter of Uplifting Athletes leadership team devised a bench press competition to drive fundraising for the 2017 Lift For Life.
And all three groups, offense, defense and special teams, exceeded their performance goal.
Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Uplifting Athletes student-athlete led college football chapter network nationwide. Penn’s event kicked off the 2017 Lift For Life season.
The Penn Chapter raised nearly $5,100 to benefit Uplifting Athletes and its mission to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.
As far as the competition went, the Quakers’ offense that came out on top. The offense and defense each had a goal of averaging 300 pounds per man on the bench press max out. By four pounds, 313-309, the offense nudged out the defense. The special teams average 258 pounds per man – eight pounds above its goal.
Moved by former Quakers wide receiver Kaleb Germinaro, who lost his playing career to a rare disease, Dr. David Fajgenbaum, a Castleman’s Disease Researcher who has the disease himself, and Vhito Decapria, a 6-year-old team captain and brain cancer survivor, the Penn Chapter started tackling rare diseases when it joined Uplifting Athletes in 2015.
Thanks to the Penn Chapter for all its hard work to raise funds for Uplifting Athletes in support of rare disease research and patient focused programs.