Inaugural Young Investigator Draft hosted by Uplifting Athletes coming August 18 at Lincoln Financial Field

YID 18 GRAPHICUplifting Athletes is set to tie the theme of the NFL Draft and Rare Disease Research together in Philadelphia.

The inaugural Young Investigator Draft hosted by Uplifting Athletes will take place on Saturday August 18th at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

The Young Investigator Draft is the result of Uplifting Athletes’ ongoing commitment to cultivate resources that accelerate scientific advancements for rare disease treatments and potential cures while facilitating the next generation of rare disease researchers.

“The next step in our evolution is the Young Investigator Draft. This is something that we have been looking forward to for quite some time,” Uplifting Athletes Director, Rare Disease Engagement Rob Long said. “And now that it has become a reality, we believe this inaugural event is the beginning of a program that will provide funding for inspirational, intelligent, and driven researchers in the rare disease space providing hope for so many in the rare disease community.”

Investigators will pursue rare disease research in five different areas: rare cancers, rare autoimmune and immunological disorders, rare blood disorders, rare genetic disorders and rare muscular and neurological disorders.

Similar to the NFL Draft where teams select the top young prospects available they feel can make the most impact, at the Young Investigator Draft, Uplifting Athletes will reveal our 2018 draft class in these five different rare disease categories to join our team.

The Young Investigator Draft grants are intended to inspire collaborative and translational research that will benefit the entire Rare Disease Community. The Young Investigator Draft stage will provide a platform for these young scientists to educate and inspire the audience by sharing their research along with its impact on the Rare Disease Community.

“We are are fortunate to be holding this event at Lincoln Financial Field,” Long said. “It’s the perfect venue for us to bring together the world of football and hope for the Rare Disease Community.”

Tickets are available through the Young Investigator Draft registration page. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine prior to the program for the evening.

For the inaugural Young Investigator Draft, these grants will be given in coordination with Uplifting Athletes’ Priority Partner Foundations. Uplifting Athletes is proud to currently be associated with the following Priority Partners: Boomer Esiason Foundation, Kidz1stFund, Project ALS and the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network and pleased that they will be joining us for this very special celebration.

The challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. At Uplifting Athletes we take pride in providing opportunity for college football student-athletes and NFL players to use the platform they are afforded to shine a spotlight on rare diseases and support the cause.

Founded in 2007, Uplifting Athletes has college football student-athlete led chapters nationwide in FBS and FCS programs including nearly half the schools in the Big Ten and ACC conferences.


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