Uplifting Athletes is pleased to announce that five finalists have been chosen for the 11th Rare Disease Champion Award winner.
The Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award, part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), is given annually 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.
Nominees for the award were solicited from any NCAA FBS, FCS, Division II or Division III institution or college football program nationwide.
The five finalists chosen to determine the 11th winner of the award are: Illinois offensive lineman Nick Allegretti, Stanford linebacker Ryan Beecher, Kent State wide receiver Antwan Dixon, Austin Peay offensive coordinator Joshua Eargle and Syracuse offensive lineman Sam Heckel.
“We are privileged to recognize these five finalists and are humbled to share their stories,” said Uplifting Athletes Executive Director Rob Long. “We are excited to see who the public chooses as our 11th Rare Disease Champion, but we know all five of these finalists would make a great winner.”
A public online vote will be live from noon November 12th until midnight December 4th to determine this year’s Rare Disease Champion. You can vote once each day for your favorite finalist on the Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion website.
The finalist with the most votes after voting closes at midnight on December 4th will be the winner. The champion will be officially announced on the red carpet from the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 6th.
Uplifting Athletes’ 11th Rare Disease Champion will be honored as part of the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala on March 8th in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the Tropicana Casino & Resort and as part of the Uplifting Athletes Young Investigator Draft/Rare Disease Champion Celebration on March 9th at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Past Rare Disease Champion winners include seven FBS players, one FCS player, a Division III quarterback and an administrator from AFCA.
Former UCF and current Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin was the 10th winner of the Rare Disease Champion Award.