Six FCS Chapters kick off 2018 Lift For Life season with successful events


GENERAL L4L 18 GRAPHICUplifting Athletes kicked off its 2018 Lift For Life season with successful events at six FCS Chapters: Colgate, Davidson, Penn, Princeton, Saint Francis and Stony Brook.

The six events combined to raise more than $30,000 for Uplifting Athletes in support of its mission and commitment to our four charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

Each member of the Uplifting Athletes team hit the road this spring to attend at least one of the Lift For Life events. Chapter Manager Brett Brackett made stops at Davidson, Princeton and Stony Brook, Scott Shirley traveled to Colgate, Andy Shay went to Saint Francis and Rob Long visited UPenn.

Each team member shared a brief account of what made these Lift For Life events unique and special.

SAINT FRANCIS: There was a competitive fire that was very obvious the moment you walked into the Red Flash weight room. It was a Saturday morning and normally that doesn’t fire guys up in the middle of the spring practice grind. But the Saint Francis team was ready to crush its goals. The big talk was about who would be the five players to represent each side of the ball in the offense vs. defense bench press max-out challenge to determine the winner. The music was thumping and the players were cheering as guys took their turn knocking out as many repetitions as possible. I was impressed with the commitment the strength and conditioning staff has to what the chapter is trying to accomplish. That’s an overlooked part of the equation to success, and at Saint Francis the Red Flash have an asset that helps make Lift For Life a success. – Andy Shay

DAVIDSON: This spring was Davidson’s first Lift For Life but you couldn’t tell that by the show of enthusiasm bright and early that morning. The entire team plus coaching staff packed into the narrow weight room to see which team could average the most reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. The teams wasted no time surrounding their respective benches and chanting as each rep was performed. As the voices echoed off the walls and the reps increased, so did the total fundraising amounts for each team. Team Cats Are Wild mastered the competition finishing with over $2,500 raised to support Uplifting Athletes. Second place went to Cats Crushing Rare Cancer with nearly $2,400 raised.  The Davidson coaches and players felt the extra motivation to push out extra reps knowing they were supporting such a worthy cause. – Brett Brackett

PRINCETON: The weather could not have been better on the Princeton University campus for their annual Lift For Life event. This only added to the excitement and energy found outside of the Frist Student Center. Two bench racks, two large tractor tires, and one box jump station were enough to provide ample opportunity for the student-athletes to unleash their energy in support of the Rare Disease Community. From the start, the air was electric as the student-athletes cheered and chanted as reps were performed representing another dollar raised in support of Uplifting Athletes. Overall, the offense came away with a clean sweep of all three challenges, however, the defense barely topped the offense in total team fundraising with $2,848 and $2,823 respectively. – Brett Brackett

COLGATE: The country roads leading me back to Hamilton, NY, always afford me the opportunity to reflect on my journey with Uplifting Athletes. Every chapter has a unique story and a special place in my heart…but it’s the drive to-and-from Colgate University in 2008 that I’ll never forget. Days after meeting then Colgate Athletic Director, Dave Roach, at NACDA in Dallas, I accepted his invitation to visit with their student-athletes to talk about expanding the Lift For Life from Penn State to other college campuses. I drove the four hours from Harrisburg to campus and met with Greg, Pat & Stephen in a coffee shop on the square. We outlined the necessary next steps to create the first “new chapter” of Uplifting Athletes. The windshield time allowed me to daydream about how big Uplifting Athletes could become and this was the first step. When I arrived home that evening, I was greeted by an email from Greg that enthusiastically communicated that they had completed ALL of the necessary steps and were ready to go! Returning to Colgate for their 10th Lift For Life was an amazing opportunity for me to use this benchmark to measure our progress and impact…while reaffirming my belief in the student-athletes’ resolve to use their platform and help others. Many of them did not know me, and I did not know them…but it didn’t matter because Uplifting Athletes is bigger than any of us. – Scott Shirley

STONY BROOK: Despite Mother Nature’s best effort to derail the spirits of the team, Stony Brook Uplifting Athletes held its annual Lift For Life on March 7 during one of several snowstorms that hit the east coast in the month of March. The impact that the Stony Brook Lift For Life had on the Rare Disease Community was far greater than the impact the storm had the Stony Brook community that day. The squad divided into five teams for a strength and conditioning competition. In addition, the teams battled to see which team could raise the most money to support Uplifting Athletes. Team Daniels prevailed as the largest part of the overall total of $5,145 raised by Stony Brook. Once the weather cleared, I was able to make a trip to Stony Brook to watch one of their spring practices. The leaders of Stony Brook Chapter have done a tremendous job creating an atmosphere amongst the team that projects a giving spirit and a willingness to leverage their platform as college football players to make a positive impact on the Rare Disease Community. – Brett Brackett

PENN: The 2018 UPenn Lift for Life was full of energy and excitement. The players took turns gathering around the bench racks to encourage their teammates with raucous cheers to get as many reps as possible to benefit Uplifting Athletes. Chapter Presidents Cooper Gardner and Steve Farrell set the pace with their lifts and other teammates followed suit. The Penn team headed in to the summer on a high and with their sites set on capturing another Ivy League title. – Rob Long

Thank you to all of those that supported these exciting and meaningful events. The summer events schedule for our FBS Chapters is in the works.

Colgate Chapter set to hold Lift For Life April 26 featuring a bench press competition between offense and defense


COLGATE L4L 18 GRAPHIC NEWThe Colgate Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the rare disease community on Thursday, April 26th.

Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of chapters led by college football student-athletes.

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

The 2018 Colgate Chapter Lift For Life is a competition pitting the Offense vs. Defense to see who can average the most bench press repetitions during Lift For Life.

“Life for Life and Uplifting Athletes is an important part of the Colgate Football experience. Our program is proud to be inspiring the Rare Disease Community with hope thorough the power of sport,” said Raiders wide receiver and Colgate Chapter President Owen Buscaglia said. “Colgate football aims to raise awareness and will continue to fight for this great cause.”

Fans and supporters can make a pledge for every bench press repetition a particular team averages during the event. So pick your favorite side of the ball and support that team by visiting the Colgate Chapter Lift For Life fundraising page.

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

Today, the challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The Colgate 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.

The Colgate Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2008 when it joined Uplifting Athletes, becoming the second chapter to join the Uplifting Athletes network. The Raiders have been pillars of light in the community during that time, using their platform in honor of former offensive coach Casey Vogt and others that continue to battle rare diseases.

Please support the Colgate Chapter and help the Raiders reach their impressive $2,000 team Lift For Life goal.

Weekly Update: Colgate captures share of Patriot League crown and miracle finish helps propel Stony Brook to NCAA FCS playoff berth


WEEK 12 GRAPHICFor the ninth time in program history, Colgate earned at least a share of the Patriot League title by scoring the final 35 points to knock off Georgetown.

The Raiders shared the 2017 crown with Lehigh at 5-1, but the Lehigh Mountain Hawks earned the automatic conference bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs. Colgate did not receive an at-large bid from the committee despite winning its final five games to finish 7-4 overall.

This was the second time in three years Colgate has earned at least a share of the Patriot League crown. The Raiders defense stretched its streak of scoreless quarters to 15 in the victory.

The last time Colgate’s defense allowed a touchdown was October 21 when Holy Cross scored on its opening drive. The lone Georgetown touchdown came on a pick-6 on the first play from scrimmage.

What a weekend for the Stony Brook Seawolves. They started it off with a dramatic come-from-behind road victory at Maine that included a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

The winning points came on a 35-yard Hail Mary pass hauled in by Harrison Jackson as time expired to secure the one-point victory.

That miracle reception by Jackson, who was surrounded by Maine defenders, allowed Stony Brook to finish 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the CAA. And that record earned the solo second-place finishers in the CAA an invitation to the NCAA College Football FCS Playoffs. The Seawolves will host Patriot League co-champion Lehigh in the opener.

This is the first postseason berth for Stony Brook since 2012 and only the third playoff appearance in school history for the Seawolves.

Penn closed out its 2017 season with four consecutive victories to rally and post a 6-4 overall record with a win over Cornell at Franklin Field. The Quakers finished 4-3 in the Ivy League and those three league losses came by a total of 11 points combined.

Clemson and Florida State each posted easy victories over FCS schools. In the Seminoles victory over Delaware State, senior WR Justin Motlow, a walk-on, not only scored a touchdown but made history to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

Northwestern won its sixth in a row after a rough start and is one of the hottest teams in college football. The Wildcats blanked Minnesota at Ryan Field behind 166 yards from RB Justin Jackson and a defense that surrendered less than 200 yards and forced five turnovers.

Penn State is on track for a second consecutive double-digit win season after the defending Big Ten Champions disposed of Nebraska on Senior Day at Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions led by 32 early in the fourth quarter before the Huskers scored three times in the final 6:32 to close the final gap. Penn State had more than 600 yards of offense including 325 yards and three touchdowns through the air by QB Trace McSorley.

Notre Dame kept its hopes for a 10-win regular season alive by rallying to score the final 14 points to edge Navy by a touchdown at home. QB Brandon Wimbush threw a pair of TD passes to tie the game then put the Irish ahead for good early in the fourth quarter.

WEEK 12 SCOREBOARD

Weekly Update: Late rally provides Nebraska with a huge comeback victory and Northwestern wins in OT for second week in a row


WEEK 9 GRAPHICNebraska quarterback Tanner Lee and the Cornhuskers were staring at the abyss of a lost season when they trailed Purdue by two scores in the fourth quarter.

Lee came up with a monster fourth quarter and the Nebraska defense shut down the Boilermakers in the final 12 minutes and the Huskers came away with a one-point victory to get back to .500 at 4-4 overall.

Down five points, Lee marched Nebraska down the field with an 8-play, 70-yard drive in 68 seconds. His final pass was a 13-yard touchdown to Stanley Morgan Jr. with 14 ticks left. Lee finished with 431 yards on 50 attempts with a pair of touchdowns.

Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson completed a career-best 33 passes and threw for 356 yards as the Wildcats won in overtime for the second week in a row. Thorson earned the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week for his big day that included the winning TD pass in the third overtime.

Stony Brook remains a player in the chase for the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title after a clutch road victory at Richmond to improve to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the CAA. Seawolves WR Ray Bolden had 13 catches for 118 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns including the game winner early in the fourth quarter.

Meet Penn State Chapter Co-President and Nittany Lions LB Jason Cabinda in our weekly Beyond The Trophy series.

Maryland has battled through a rash of injuries at key skill positions and is still battling for a bowl bid after rallying from five-points down to edge Indiana and improve to 4-4 overall. Trailing 16-7 midway through the second quarter, Darnell Savage Jr. provides the spark Maryland needed by returning a blocked punt 16 yards for a touchdown.

Defending National Champion Clemson used 274 total yards from quarterback Kelley Bryant and the Tigers defense held a strong Georgia Tech rushing attack to less than 200 yards in a 14-point victory.

Notre Dame entered the College Football Playoff conversation by winning its sixth game in a row against a strong NC State squad that came in with one loss and was also nationally ranked. After the Fighting Irish fell behind 14-7 in the first quarter, the Notre Dame defense shut down the Wolfpack offense. The Irish scored the final 28 points.

The UPenn defense limited Brown to 10 first downs and 203 total yards to pick up its third win of the season with a 10-point road victory.

Colgate freshman quarterback Grant Breneman threw a trio of touchdown passes and the Raiders defense forced three turnovers and didn’t allow a touchdown as Colgate won its fifth game.

Sparked by a defense that limited Robert Morris to less than 150 yards, Saint Francis won its fifth game of the season by scoring on a 93-yard interception return and a 35-yard punt return to post the home victory.

CHAPTER 9 SCOREBOARD

Weekly Update: Notre Dame continues to climb in the polls after huge win over USC and Penn State stays unbeaten


WEEK 8 GRAPHICEver since losing a one-point game at home in Week 2 to undefeated Georgia, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have slowly ascended the ladder of national relevance.

Notre Dame won its fifth game in row and improved to 6-1 after clobbering previously No. 11 ranked USC in South Bend. The Irish amassed nearly 500 yards on the ground to bury the Trojans.

Running back Josh Adams and quarterback Brandon Wimbush combined for 297 of those yards on 33 carries and scored five of the Notre Dame touchdowns.

Notre Dame climbed to No. 9 in the AP Top 25 and is No. 10 in the Coaches Poll.

No. 2 ranked Penn State stayed undefeated and head coach James Franklin picked up his first victory over Michigan in the marquee match-up of Week 8.

Penn State’s offense piled up more than 500 yards of offense on the previously No. 1 ranked Michigan Wolverines defense. Quarterback Trace McSorley piled up 358 of those yards and accounted for four touchdowns and was honored as the Walter Camp FBS Offensive Player of the Week.

Senior linebacker Jason Cabinda had 13 tackles, a TFL and a sack to pace a defense that limited Michigan to fewer than 275 total yards. Penn State outscored Michigan 21-0 the second half.

Meet University of Pennsylvania Chapter President and Quakers linebacker Sam Follansbee in our weekly Beyond The Trophy series.

Princeton continues to score points at an alarming pace, scoring 50 or more points in three consecutive games for the first time since 1890 when famous poet Edgar Allen Poe was the captain of the Tigers football team.

Led by Tigers quarterback Chad Kanoff, who was 20-for-20 in the first half and finished with 421 passing yards, Princeton blew out Harvard by five touchdowns and is in the hunt for another Ivy League title.

Wide receiver Jesper Horsted had the third most receiving yards in school history, 246, on 13 catches. He also had a pair of TD receptions and threw a touchdown pass to snare the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of Week 8.

Quarterback Clayton Thorson plunged over from 1 yard out in overtime to propel Northwestern to its second victory in a row. The Wildcats edged Iowa in a defensive battle at home to get back to .500 in the Big Ten and are 4-3 overall.

Georgia Tech outscored Wake Forest 25-3 in the second half to rally from a four-point halftime deficit at home. The Yellowjackets’ duo of quarterback TaQuon Marshall and halfback KirVonte Benson combined to rush for 299 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries.

Colgate freshman quarterback Grant Breneman threw a pair of touchdown passes and rushed for two more as the Raiders thumped Holy Cross on the road. Breneman completed 16 of 24 passes for 222 yards and chipped in another 36 on the ground to account 258 of the Raiders’ 419 total yards. Colgate’s defense came up with four turnovers, including three interceptions, and limited Holy Cross to fewer than 300 total yards.

Fordham limited Georgetown to fewer than 250 yards and only one touchdown to register victory No. 2 of the season. Quarterback Luke Medlock threw for 258 yards and a score to pace the Rams offense.

WEEK 8 SCOREBOARD

 

 

Weekly Update: Huge upset for Syracuse of previously No. 2 ranked Clemson and NC State continues to rise


week 7 chapter updateSo Friday the 13th did prove to be something of a nightmare for a couple of Top 10 college football teams and served as a foreshadow of the weekend that was Week 7 of the 2017 season.

Syracuse coach Dino Babers picked up his signature victory as the Orange head coach in his second season in upstate New York after unranked Syracuse edged defending college football National Champion Clemson inside the Carrier Dome.

The previously No. 1 ranked Tigers suffered only their second loss against an unranked opponent in their last 51 attempts.

Led by quarterback Eric Dungey, who earned the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week, Syracuse scored 27 points against a Clemson defense that held five of its previous six opponents to two or fewer touchdowns.

This was only the third loss for Clemson in its last 34 games dating back to the start of the 2015 season. The Tigers still control their own destiny, though. Remember, last year the Tigers lost to Pittsburgh during the regular season and still went on to claim the ACC and National titles.

Following the historic victory for the Orange, it was Clemson coach Dabo Swinney who stole the show. The Tigers’ skipper was extremely gracious in defeat.

Swinney was clearly happy for Babers after the game, seen mouthing “I’m so happy for you guys” to the Orange coach during the postgame handshake. And later he went into the Syracuse lockerroom to personally congratulate some of the players and even posed for pictures with them.

Meet University of Illinois Chapter President and Fighting Illini starting offensive lineman Nick Allegretti in our weekly Beyond The Trophy series.

It depends on the rankings, but at least three and in one case four of the Top 10 teams in the country lost in Week 7 including Clemson, Washington, Washington State and Auburn.

One of the teams on trending the other direction is the NC State Wolfpack, who improved to 6-1 after using a strong finish to close out Pittsburgh.

NC State is ranked inside the Top 20 (T16 in the AP and No. 17 in the coaches poll) for the first time since Week 2 of the 2003 season. That year the Wolpack were No. 14 overall before losing a road game at Wake Forest.

The Wolfpack are on a bye this week after notching win No. 6 in a row after losing to South Carolina in their opener. But a pair of elite programs, Notre Dame and Clemson, are on deck for NC State to close out October.

Coming off a tough home loss to undefeated defending Big Ten Champion Penn State, the Northwestern Wildcats clawed back to .500 on the strength of a strong second half to subdue Maryland.

RB Justin Jackson had a season-high 171 yards and a couple scores to go along with nearly 300 yards passing from QB Clayton Thorson to power the Wildcats.

Colgate used a season-high 166 yards and a touchdown from RB James Holland to overpower Fordham at home. The Raiders defense came up big too, limiting the Rams to only 64 rushing yards on 31 carries.

For the second week in a row Princeton cleared the 50-point barrier and improved to 4-1 overall. The Tigers outgained Brown 538-170 overall and led 36-0 at halftime.

Saint Francis QB Ben Fenimore tossed three touchdown passes for a Red Flash team that led 17-0 at intermission and improved to 2-0 in the NEC.

Stony Brook scored all 22 points in the second half, keyed by a pair of short touchdown runs by Donald Liotine, to rally past New Hampshire.

Cam Akers’ 42-yard touchdown run with 8:32 to play propelled Florida State past Duke for the Seminoles second win of the season. Akers finished with 115 yards on 15 carries.

WEEK 7 SCOREBOARD

Weekly Update: Second straight road win for Nebraska Cornhuskers and 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive wraps up


WEEK 5 GRAPHICThank you, on behalf of the rare disease community we serve, to the 15 schools that participated in the 2017 Uplifting Athletes Touchdown Pledge Drive during the final three weeks in September.

The support from the college football student-athlete chapter leaders and donor to raise awareness and funds for rare diseases is appreciated. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Nebraska made it two road victories in a row by visiting fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Illinois for a Friday night Big Ten affair at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers defense put on a show, limiting the Fighting Illini to only a pair of field goals.

Linebacker Chris Weber, the Nebraska Chapter President, had a monster game with nine tackles that included six solo stops. He also had two tackles for a loss and one sack. Offensively, the Huskers piled up 411 total yards led by 246 yards and three touchdowns from QB Tanner Lee.

Penn State used a combination of defense and special teams to grab a 28-0 first-quarter lead on Indiana and cruised to a 31-point victory. The Nittany Lions forced four turnovers including a scoop-and-score by the special teams on a Hooisers punt return.

Linebacker Jason Cabinda paced a PSU defense that limited Indiana to its lowest point total of the season by recording 14 tackles, 1.5 TFL and one sack. QB Trace McSorley threw for 315 yards and a couple scores. WR DeSean Hamilton became the No. 1 receiver in school history with nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns.

Meet Clemson University Chapter President and Tigers kicker Christian Groomes in our weekly Beyond The Trophy series.

Colgate freshman quarterback Grant Breneman accounted for all three Raiders touchdowns in a road victory at Cornell. Breneman threw a pair of TD passes and rushed for another score. The Colgate defense came up with four interceptions that went a long way to the Raiders notching victory No. 2 of the season.

Joe Carbone threw for 182 yards with one touchdown and RB Stacey Bedell added 104 yards and a score on the ground to power Stony Brook to a huge Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) road victory over William & Mary. The Seawolves are 3-0 in the CAA and 4-1 overall with their only loss coming to FBS nationally ranked USF in Tampa in their opener.

Saint Francis used two touchdown passes from QB Bear Fenimore and 105 yards from RB Jymere Jordan-Toney to edge Liberty on the road in Virginia to improve to 3-1 overall.

Defending National Champion Clemson posted its second major road victory in as many weeks by traveling to Blacksburg, Virginia and subduing previously undefeated and nationally ranked Virginia Tech.

Dorian Daniel salted away another strong outing for the Tigers by returning an interception 22 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give Clemson a 31-10 lead. QB Kelly Bryant totaled 280 yards of offense with one touchdown and led the Tigers in rushing with 94 yards.

Maryland RB Ty Johnson ripped off a 34-yard touchdown run with 70 seconds remaining to cap a solid 262-yard outing for the Terrapins on the ground. Johnson’s touchdown vaulted Maryland to a one-touchdown victory over Minnesota. The road victory featured Maryland using its third quarterback of the season.

Georgia Tech rolled up more than 400 rushing yards and cruised past winless North Carolina to improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. QB TaQuon Marshall and RB KirVonte Benson combined for 267 yards and two touchdowns on 45 carries.

NC State held off a furious second-half comeback by fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Syracuse to hang on for a big ACC home victory. The Wolfpack led 26-7 at intermission. Syracuse WR Ervin Philips set a Syracuse and ACC single-game record with 17 receptions to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week award.

Washington is poised to make another strong run at a second straight Pac-12 title with a 5-0 start. The Huskies used 293 yards and three touchdowns from QB Jake Browning and WR Dante Pettis hauled in 12 pass for 105 yards with all three Browning TD passes going his way in a blowout win over Oregon State on the road.

Florida State picked up its first win of the season behind a late TD pass from QB James Blackman to WR Auden Tate covering 40 yards inside the final minute to edge Wake Forest on the road.

QB Brandon Wimbush threw for three touchdowns and added another on the ground as Notre Dame raced out to a 45-14 halftime lead over Miami (Ohio) from the MAC at home. The Fighting Irish improved to 4-1 overall.

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