Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
Name: Aaron Bolinsky
College: Syracuse University
Height, weight, class, position: 5-11, 218 pounds, junior, long snapper
High School: North Schuylkill High School in Frackville, Pennsylvania
About Aaron: The Pennsylvania native battled a rare disease as a child and is passionate about serving the Rare Disease Community. Aaron participated in the 2018 and 2019 Lift For Life events and stepped into a leadership role for the Syracuse Chapter during the offseason and attended the 2020 Leadership Development Conference. An injury to the starting long snapper his freshman season in 2018 gave Aaron the opportunity to make an impact on the field on special teams. He has made 19 consecutive starts as the Orange long snapper, recorded six tackles and a forced fumble. He is projected as the No. 1 long snapper in 2020.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
BOLINSKY: Being able to play against Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
BOLINSKY: As a kid who once had a rare disease, along with the passion I have for giving back to my community, I wanted to find more ways to help inspire kids to keep fighting.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
BOLINSKY: That the smallest thing can make such a big impact on the people who look up to you.
What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?
BOLINSKY: You may lose friends and people may say things about you, but if playing college football is your goal don’t stop or let anyone throw you off track in achieving that goal.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
BOLINSKY: Former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. He has been very humble and grounded his whole life and loved how he was such a big student of the game.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
BOLINSKY: Warren Buffet. As a business major to be able to sit down talk to him would be an awesome opportunity.
AARON ON THE HOT SEAT
What is your perfect pizza?
BOLINSKY: Chicken Parmesan
All time favorite movie?
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
BOLINSKY: Philadelphia Eagles
What is the most used app on your phone?BOLINSKY: Instagram