Penn State Chapter set to host 17th annual Lift For Life on July 12 inside Holuba Hall

The Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its 17th annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Friday, July 12 inside Holuba Hall starting at 5:00 p.m.

Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Penn State is a part of Uplifting Athletes’ nationwide network of chapters led by college football student-athletes.

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes by using college football as a platform to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport.

The Penn State Chapter Lift for Life will again feature the Nittany Lion offense taking on the defense in a series of competitions. The event is open to the public and the doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

“It has been a privilege to be a small part of such a big impact in many families lives,” Penn State Chapter President and quarterback Sean Clifford said. “Penn State is driven to help the Rare Disease Community because we know how important this cause is, and we see the significance in the bigger picture.”

Penn State football fans and supporters can select to support either the offense or defense and pledge for the average number of bench press repetitions they put up during the 2019 Lift For Life. So choose one side of the ball and back that team by visiting the Penn State Chapter Lift For Life fundraising site and making a pledge. You can also make a flat donation to either team.

“Lift for Life and Uplifting Athletes is a very important part of the Penn State football experience,” Penn State Chapter Vice President Chris Stoll said. “Our program is proud to be inspiring the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport and giving back to help others.”

Clifford is the new Penn State Chapter President and Stoll takes over as the vice president. The other 2019 officers are: defensive tackle Evan Presta, treasurer; offensive lineman Mike Miranda, director of operations; safety Justin Neff, director of player logistics; long snapper Joe Calcagno, secretary.

The Penn State Chapter will also conduct a Kids Clinic during Lift For Life from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost to participate in the clinic is $15 per child. Each participant in the Kids Clinic also will receive a Lift for Life T-shirt. 
More than 80 football squad members are expected participate in the Penn State Chapter Lift for Life and will be available for an autograph session immediately after the event in Holuba Hall. This year’s Penn State Football poster will be available, while supplies last.

The proceeds from Penn State Chapter 2019 Lift For Life support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

Penn State is the charter Uplifting Athletes Chapter and was started in 2003 by Uplifting Athletes Founder Scott Shirley. The Penn State Chapter serves as the catalyst for what has become a nationwide movement.

Today, the challenges faced by the Rare Disease Community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The Penn State Chapter, along with a nationwide network of teams, is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community to shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

“Each year around this time I am reminded of how special the Penn State Community is and how it embraces the football team beyond the field through their annual Lift For Life,” said Uplifting Athletes Director of Sports Impact Brett Brackett, a former Penn State Chapter President who played in the NFL. “Over 17 years, the Lift For Life has become a tradition for Penn State Football to showcase the results of the hard work they put in throughout the offseason through a strength and conditioning challenge aimed at using their platform to raise money and awareness for rare diseases.

“I am excited for Sean and the entire leadership team to see how this group can grow the impact. With the event returning to the popular weekend of ArtsFest, I am looking forward to once again seeing Nittany Nation show up strong to support the Penn State Chapter and the Rare Disease Community.”

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