Uplifting Athletes is excited to welcome Levi Norwood to our team in the role of Chapter Success Manager.
Levi is a former student-athlete at Baylor where he played football and basketball. During his time at Baylor he was inspired by a high school classmate battling Cerebral Palsy and, in early 2014, founded the Baylor Uplifting Athletes Chapter.
His passion and commitment to the rare disease cause started more than a half-decade ago, so when the opportunity to dedicate himself full-time to the Rare Disease Community as a member of the Uplifting Athletes team materialized, Levi was excited for the chance to serve.
“Since my time as a student-athlete at Baylor, I have been involved with Uplifting Athletes. First while in grad school trying to get the Baylor chapter rolling again and then getting guys interested while working in the athletic department at New Mexico,” said Norwood, who was a Rare Disease Champion Award finalist in 2015. “When Brett (Brackett) brought up the idea of working full-time with Uplifting Athletes, for me it was a no brainer.”
At Uplifting Athletes, Levi will be responsible for overseeing the success of our nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters while working diligently to elevate the rare disease cause as a national priority through the organization’s mission.
“Uplifting Athletes is fortunate to add a valuable piece to our team with the hiring of Levi Norwood,” Uplifting Athletes Executive Director Rob Long said. “Levi brings a passion for the rare disease cause and a familiarity with the organization that will make for a seamless transition to his full-time position. His unique skill set and a high level of emotional intelligence make him a perfect addition to help move the organization onward and upward.”
Levi received his undergraduate degree in 2014 from Baylor University where he obtained a B.A. in Public Relations. He obtained his graduate degree, M.Ed. in Sport Management, in 2018.
On the football field at Baylor, Levi was a part of the winningest class in school history and helped Baylor win their first two Big 12 Conference Championships in 2013 and 2014. As the primary punt returner, he holds the school record for career punt return touchdowns (2) and as a receiver caught 128 passes and scored 11 touchdowns. He also has one career point for the Baylor Bears basketball team.
After his career at Baylor, Levi spent a short time in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Like many coaches’ kids, Levi does not consider one place home but currently resides in Waco, Texas. Prior to joining Uplifting Athletes as a full-time employee on November 18th, Levi worked in higher education at the University of New Mexico and most recently Baylor University.