A special night with Penn State coach James Franklin to support the rare disease community

CJF THANKS GRAPHIC 1Thank you to Penn State head football coach James Franklin for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule to visit us in Mechanicsburg, Pa. last month.

A Night With Coach Franklin At Stock’s Manor to benefit Uplifting Athletes provided fans and supporters an opportunity to meet the Penn State head football coach, hear him speak about building a winning team and learn more about the rare disease community Uplifting Athletes serves.

Nearly 250 college football fans showed up for the two-hour event hosted by the Weinstock and Shirley families.

Guests had their picture taken with coach Franklin, enjoyed some exquisite food and soaked in the festive atmosphere before coach Franklin took the stage with an inspirational message.

A special thank you to all our sponsors for making the evening a complete success. All the funds raised support Uplifting Athletes mission to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport and directly impacts our four pillars of programming: Uplifting Leaders, Rare Disease Research, Rare Disease Awareness and Uplifting Experiences.

To put the evening in perspective, we asked a few of our guests to share their thoughts on the event.

“The event hosted by Uplifting Athletes at Stock’s Manor left little extra to be desired. The venue provided a beautiful intimate setting perfect for an evening of mingling with those who share a passion for Penn State and the rare disease community. The food far exceeded the advertised label of “appetizer”, with numerous hot dishes available along with a wide selection of finger foods. I would be remiss not to mention the variety of drinks available as well. There were plenty of the alcoholic nature, helping to take the edge off a bit as attendees anticipated meeting the coach and hearing him talk about bringing Penn State football back into the national spotlight. Coach James Franklin, surely didn’t disappoint either. His infectious and warm personality embraced those looking to have their picture taken with him, and his fiery keynote was the perfect ending to the night. The opportunity to attend a presentation where coach doesn’t need to use a microphone are likely few and far between these days. This event provided that opportunity and more, all while raising money for a great cause. It’s great anytime the “family” can get together as coach says and this was another great example. Being able to help the rare disease community made it all the more special and truly meaningful. Much appreciation and thanks to Uplifting Athletes for all they represent and do. I look forward to similar potential events. I will most certainly be there!” – Travis Wentz

“I enjoyed Coach Franklin’s speech when he said how important it is to sacrifice to achieve success both on the field and in life.  Very motivating for athletes and those in attendance.” – Joseph Gordon

“An Evening with Coach Franklin event last Thursday evening was amazing.  As a fan, as a Penn Stater and as a host. So many events you can feel the nervousness and anxiety. Not last Thursday. The feeling was electric, friendly, and intimate. Which was even before Coach walked into the room! The feeling was a tailgate with your best friends. I can not decide if watching every single person having their picture taken with Coach or listening to him speak was more exciting. Listening to someone talk about something they have a passion for makes you know how much they love it. Coach Franklin made everyone feel like they could put on a jersey and run out onto the field and catch a winning touchdown. Working with Stephanie and Scott (Shirley) was just as fun. I think we are all proud of the way the evening turned out. It seemed everyone had a great time and we raised money for a wonderful cause.” – K.J. Weinstock




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