Uplifting Athletes expands team with addition of Trey Klock, former Northwestern and Georgia Tech Chapter Leader

Uplifting Athletes is excited to welcome Trey Klock to our team in the role of Chapter Success Manager.

In 2015, as a college football student-athlete, Trey founded the Georgia Tech Chapter of Uplifting Athletes and, when he transferred to Northwestern, he joined the leadership team of the Wildcats’ Chapter.

His passion for the Rare Disease Community started with the loss of his brother, Kyle, to Tay-Sachs Disease. He then witnessed his Uncle Tom’s life being cut short after battling ALS.

Trey was a star football player at Lower Dauphin High School in Central Pennsylvania, earning First-Team All-State and Big 33 honors while also winning a PIAA District 3 Class AAAA championship.

“I am very excited to join the Uplifting Athletes’ staff. This organization has been a big part of my life and I am very fortunate to be part of this team now,” Klock said. “I am thrilled about the potential and future success of Uplifting Athletes and will do everything I can to help impact the Rare Disease Community.

“I have lost multiple family members to rare diseases and wanted to find a way to make a difference. My brother, Kyle, and my uncle, Tom Kirchoff, have provided me the motivation and strength to overcome adversity in my life. I wanted to do my part and use my platform as a college football player to speak up about what I am passionate about. I did that at Georgia Tech and Northwestern. Now I’m fortunate to get to do that full-time as part of an organization and cause I believe in.” 

At Uplifting Athletes, Trey will be responsible for overseeing the success of our nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters while working cohesively to elevate the rare disease cause as a national priority through the organization’s mission. 

“Uplifting Athletes took a big step forward with the addition of Trey Klock. He has been involved with our organization for more than three years contributing at the chapter level with Georgia Tech and Northwestern,” Uplifting Athletes Executive Director Rob Long said. “We are thrilled for the next step forward in his career as the newest full-time member of our team.”

“Trey brings a level of passion, intelligence and work ethic that will go a long way toward helping our organization enhance its ability to inspire the Rare Disease Community through our programs and chapter network.”

Trey received his undergraduate degree in 2017 from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) where he obtained a B.S. in Business Administration, Operation and Supply Chain Management from the Scheller College of Business.

He obtained his graduate degree, M.A. in Sports Administration from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, in December of 2018.

After a redshirt year at Georgia Tech in 2014, he appeared in 22 games the next two years on the offensive line while picking up his undergraduate degree. He transferred to Northwestern in 2017 and was part of the 2018 Big Ten West championship team and appeared in 27 games for the Wildcats as a tight end over two seasons.

Trey received academic honors from both the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Big Ten conferences. He joined the Uplifting Athletes team in the summer of 2019 and served as the Chapter Management Intern before becoming a full-time employee on August 5th.

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