Nearly 40 NFL prospects committed themselves to giving back during one of the biggest days of their lives. When the stakes were the highest, these former college football players chose to support the rare disease community through Uplifting Athletes’ Reps For Rare Diseases campaign.
Throughout the month of March players attending the annual NFL Combine or their individual university pro day workouts pledged their performance to help raise awareness and funds in support of Uplifting Athletes’ mission.
“What impressed me the most about our Reps for Rare Diseases’ participants was their enthusiasm for making a difference in the lives of others,” Uplifting Athletes Director of Chapter Development Brett Brackett said. “Through promotion, interacting with patients and pushing their bodies a little extra, they elevated the cause and provided a much-needed light shining brightly on the Rare Disease Community.”
No fewer than 16 schools were represented including: Notre Dame, Penn State, Northwestern, Princeton, Maryland, Illinois, Nebraska, Clemson, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Pitt, Temple, Virginia Tech, Holy Cross and Connecticut.
Fans and supporters could donate to any player based on the number of bench press repetitions they performed at either the NFL Combine or individual university pro day.
Former Princeton quarterback Chad Kanoff was the top fundraiser for our team, followed by Penn State linebacker Jason Cabinda and Pitt punter Ryan Winslow.
The 2018 Uplifting Athletes Reps For Rare Diseases campaign raised more than $44,000 with 13 individual players notching at least $1,000.
All proceeds from the Reps For Rare Diseases campaign support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.
Thank you to all the participants and supporters for helping us tackle rare diseases and inspiring the rare disease community with hope. We wish each and every former college football student-athlete the best of luck in your quest to achieve your dream.