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
Name: Chris Stoll
College: Penn State
weight, class, position: 6-2, 245-pound, sophomore, long snapper
High School: St. Francis
DeSales, Westerville, Ohio
About Chris: Took over the
full-time long snapper duties this season, becoming one of 21 Nittany Lions to
make their collegiate debut in 2019. He has appeared in all eight games this
season. Chris had a passion for the cause when he arrived at Penn State. His
grandfather suffers from a rare disease, so the sophomore understands the
impact a rare disease can have on a family. Afforded the platform of being a
starter, Chris was aware of the tradition of the Penn State Chapter and became
part of the leadership group. He attended the Leadership Development Conference
in 2019 and currently serves at the PSU Chapter vice President.
is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
STOLL: Making a tackle on punt coverage in the 2019 “Whiteout” game
drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
STOLL: My grandpa suffers
from a rare disease, so if I can make any sort of impact on the future of my
grandpa’s health then I will, because I know how much it can affect a person
and their loved ones.
have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
STOLL: I’ve learned that Uplifting Athletes is doing a lot of work
in order to get more research started and awareness raised, which I think will
be even more impactful in the future.
advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college
STOLL: For my position as a specialist, you really need to have
good academics and need to go to college camps and perform well to get noticed.
You always have to be at your best, but being in shape and showing your
athleticism is very important.
is your favorite NFL player and why?
STOLL: New Orleans Saints
quarterback Drew Brees because of his consistency in his preparation and the
longevity of his career. Also the importance of his faith and family, which is
what I hope for later in life.
you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose
STOLL: Jesus Christ
because I would want to ask him important life questions.
Stony Brook roared back from an 18-point halftime deficit capped
by kicker Nick Courtney’s 22-yard field goal as time expired to upset FCS No. 5
The road victory marks the second time in program history the
Seawolves beat a team ranked in the Top 5. Stony
Brook defeated No. 2 Richmond in 2016.
Stony Brook scored 10 points in the final 92
seconds after trailing 35-20 midway through the fourth quarter. The Seawolves
scored the final 16 points.
Quarterback Tyquell Fields was instrumental in
the rally, throwing for a career-best 321 yards with one passing TD and a pair
of rushing touchdowns. His 1-yard plunge with 1:32 to play pulled the Seawolves
to within 35-33 after a failed two-point conversion.
Stony Brook then used all its timeouts and forced the Wildcats to punt with 21 seconds to play. The Seawolves connected on a 40-yard completion from Fields to Nick Anderson in the dying seconds to set up the game winning field goal by Courtney.
Lehigh: For the third straight game the Mountain Hawks’ fate came down to
the final play of the game. And for the third straight time Lehigh walked away
with a victory. Austin Henning’s 27-yard field goal as time expired lifted
Leigh to 3-0 in the Patriot League with a home victory over Georgetown. The
Hoyas rallied with a 72-yard touchdown bomb on fourth-and-4 and added a
two-point conversion to tie it up at 24 with 1:23 to play. Lehigh answered by
calmly traveling 59 yards in eight plays to set up the winning kick. Lehigh
Chapter President and wide receiver Jorge Portorreal posted a team-high eight
catches for 103 yards to help the Mountain Hawks win their fourth in a row.
Penn State: Nittany Lions quarterback and Penn State Chapter President Sean
Clifford threw four touchdown passes, three of them to tight end Pat
Freiermuth, as the undefeated Nittany Lions posted a 21-point soggy and rain
swept victory at Michigan State. Penn State is 8-0 for the first time since
2008, is 5-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2011 and moved up to No. 5
in the rankings. The Nittany Lions defense produced three turnovers, limited
the Spartans to seven points and broke up eight passes.
Marist: Redshirt freshman running back Hunter Cobb ran for 178 yards and
a pair of touchdowns on 17 carries and the Red Foxes defense forced a pair of
turnovers to upset Davidson on the road in North Carolina. The Red Foxes
defense limited the No. 3 FCS rushing offense in the country to 202 yards on 46
carries. Cobb’s 89-yard touchdown run in the third quarter is the
fourth-longest touchdown run by a Red Fox in the program’s 27-year FCS history
and the longest in the last seven years and earned him the Uplifting Athletes
Rare Performance of the Week.
Western Michigan: Senior running back LeVante Bellamy posted a
career-high four touchdowns and rushed for 178 yards to lead a Broncos ground
game that rolled up nearly 400 yards and six touchdowns in their victory over
Bowling Green. Junior linebacker Treshaun Hayward led a WMU defense that limited
the Falcons to only 266 total yards with 13 tackles (10 solo), two sacks and
three tackles for a loss.
Illinois: The Illini rushed for a season-high 242 yards and its defense
forced a pair of turnovers in the rain-soaked victory at Purdue. Senior RB Dre
Brown had a career-high 131 yards on the ground to help Illinois win its second
in a row and get to 4-4 overall. Junior cornerback Tony Adams became the first Illini with interceptions in
back-to-back Big Ten games since Vontae Davis and Kevin Mitchell both did
it against Penn State and Wisconsin in 2007.
Clemson: Running back Travis Etienne and wide receiver Diondre Overton
each scored three touchdowns as the undefeated Tigers extended their winning
streak to 23 games with a 52-point victory over Boston College on homecoming at
Memorial Stadium. Clemson’s defense held the No. 6 ranked rushing offense in
the country to only 96 yards on the ground, scored a touchdown on a fumble
return and had eight tackles for a loss.
Princeton: Led by a defense that produced three interceptions that led to 17
points, the Tigers rallied in the second half to overtake Harvard for win No.
16 in a row. Tigers quarterback Kevin Davidson threw for 312 yards and three
touchdowns and linebacker Jeremiah Taylor had one of those interceptions and a
team-high 13 tackles.
Florida State: Seminoles running
back Cam Akers rushed for 144 yards, completed a couples pass for 26 yards out
of the “wildcat” formation and tied a school record for rushing touchdowns in a
game with four to lead FSU to a homecoming victory over Syracuse.
In the past 44 years, Illinois has played 20-plus point favorites
15 times at Memorial Stadium with zero upset victories.
That streak ended on Saturday against Wisconsin. The 31-point
underdog Fighting Illini pulled off the biggest upset in college football this
season by knocking No. 6 Wisconsin from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Junior kicker James McCourt drilled a 39-yard field goal as time
expired to lift the Illini to its first win over a ranked opponent since 2011
and made the Badgers the highest ranked opponent to fall to Illinois since
McCourt’s kick capped a 10-point rally by the Fighting Illini
after they fell behind 23-14 with just under 10 minutes to play in the fourth
Turnovers played a key role. The Illini converted three takeaways,
two fumble recoveries and an interception, into 17 points. McCourt’s game
winner came nine plays after Tony Adams’ interception with 2:32 to play.
Josh Imatorbhebhe, a transfer wide receiver from USC who entered
the game with a Big Ten-leading five touchdown catches, hauled in a 29-yard TD
toss from Brandon Peters with 5:53 remaining to start the comeback.
The Illini put up 24 points against a Wisconsin defense that had
allowed only 29 points all season and was coming off back-to-back shutouts. A
first-half 48-yard touchdown catch by Donny Navarro snapped a scoreless streak of 148 minutes of game time by the Badgers
defense, dating back to September 28.
Lehigh: For the second straight game the Mountain Hawks won in dramatic
fashion on the road, pushing their winning streak to three straight and
improving to 2-0 in the Patriot League. Devon Bibbens’ four-yard touchdown from
Addison Shoup lifted Lehigh past Fordham in overtime. The team appeared
headed for a second overtime with an exchange of field goals, but a roughing
the kicker call against the Rams gave Lehigh a second chance in the first OT
and the Mountain Hawks took full advantage. Shoup’s touchdown pass was his only
attempt of the game. He took over for Tyler Monaco after the senior was forced
out with an injury in overtime. Zach Davis powered the Rams with 191 rushing
yards on 34 carries and forced OT with a 40-yard scamper with 7:25 to play in
Baylor: The Bears trailed by 10 early in the third quarter and were still
down three early in the fourth quarter before ripping off 21 unanswered points
in a 4-minute span to bury Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The victory was only
the second for Baylor at Boone Pickens Stadium and moved No. 14 ranked Baylor
to 7-0. This was the third time Baylor rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit in
the last four weeks. QB Charlie Brewer threw for 312 yards, JaMycal Hasty had
205 total yards rushing and receiving and the defense kicked in a fumble return
for a touchdown by LB Terrel Bernard.
Davidson: Junior running back Wesley Dugger had a career day in
Jacksonville, Florida that included setting a Wildcats program record. Dugger
had a career-best five touchdown as part of a 193-yard outing in the victory
over Jacksonville. Those five rushing scores moved Dugger into the No. 1 spot
for Davidson career rushing touchdowns with 37. For becoming the Wildcats’
all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, Dugger earned the Uplifting Athletes
Rare Performance of the Week. Dugger also moved into third on the all-time
school rushing list with 2,940 yards and counting. Davidson Chapter President
George Hatalowich finished with five tackles including one tackle for a loss as
part of a defense that limited the Dolphins to only 81 rushing yards.
Penn State: Quarterback Sean Clifford, the Penn State Chapter President, was
responsible for all four Nittany Lions touchdowns in a tight victory over No.
16 Michigan in front of the fourth-largest crowd in Beaver Stadium history.
Penn State remains unbeaten at 7-0, moved up to No. 6 in the latest rankings
and beat back-to-back ranked opponents for the first time since 2005. Clifford
had a rushing touchdown and three TD passes, including a pair to wideout K.J.
Hamler, who finished with 108 receiving yards on six catches.
Saint Francis: The Red Flash defense posted the first shutout for Saint Francis
since 2015 and limited Long Island to only 157 total yards. Redshirt sophomore
QB Jason Brown tossed three TD passes and finished with 247 yards through the
air. Saint Francis’ defense limited LIU to minus-1 yard rushing, racked up 14
tackles for a loss and recorded four sacks. SFU Chapter President Nick Rinella
chipped in with four tackles and was in on a tackle for a loss.
Princeton: The Tigers scored seven touchdowns and posted 51 points in a
near-perfect first half to stay undefeated and run its winning streak to 15
games. At the center of the Princeton storm was QB Kevin Davidson. The senior
from California, who leads the FCS in completion percentage at nearly 73 percent,
threw for 379 yards and five touchdowns by completing 27 of his 35 attempts.
Wideout Jacob Birmelin was the other half of the Tigers’ explosion, registering
11 catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone.
Clemson: Led by a defense forced three turnovers, registered six sacks and
limited Louisville to only 263 total yards, the defending National Champion
Tigers stayed unbeaten and ran their winning streak to a record 22 in a row. RB
Travis Etienne had another monster game with 192 yards on only 14 carries and
one touchdown. Etienne averaged 13.7 yards per carry as part of an offense that
piled up 551 yards on the road.
Colgate: After seven consecutive setbacks the defending Patriot League
champions picked up victory No. 1 of the 2019 season on the road at Cornell.
But it wasn’t easy. The Raiders defense had to make a late stand to preserve
the one-point win. Defensive lineman Jacob Esarco had a sack, a forced fumble
and a fumble recovery. The Raiders turned Esarco’s fumble recovery into seven
critical points. Colgate’s last victory was in the second round of the NCAA FCS
Playoffs – a span of 322 days.
Down to its last gasp, Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorant hit Fotis
Kokosioulis on a fourth-down touchdown pass from 17 yards out with 16 seconds
remaining to cap a thrilling come-from-behind Patriot League victory at
Fordham was on the cusp of losing its second game this season by a
single score when DeMorant was picked off at the Rams 34 with 2:57 remaining.
The defense set the table for victory by holding serve against the
Hoyas offense, coming up with a fourth-down stop. Fordham took over 73 yards
from the end zone with 81 seconds remaining and no timeouts.
Three completions covering 55 yards moved the ball to the
Georgetown 17 before three straight incompletions set up the final-play drama.
Rams RB Zach Davis notched his fourth straight 100-yard game and
the 30 points by Fordham was the most surrendered by the Hoyas defense this
year who came into the game ranked No. 2 in FCS scoring defense.
Penn State: Head coach James Franklin recorded his first career road victory
in 12 attempts against a ranked opponent by edging Iowa to remain unbeaten.
Penn State’s defense produced the only turnovers of the game in the second half
and freshman RB Noah Cain had his second consecutive 100-yard effort to power
the Nittany Lions.
NC State: For the second consecutive game the Wolfpack defense recorded eight sacks to subdue Syracuse in a low-scoring affair. The Pack’s 16 total sacks in back-to-back games are the most in consecutive games in school history. The previous high was 14 (vs. UVA and UNC) in 1982.
Penn: The Quakers finished the non-conference portion of their schedule
2-2 thanks to four touchdowns and 178 rushing yards from Karekin Brooks.
The senior had three rushing touchdowns, caught a TD pass and averaged 6.4
yards per carry.
Kent State: Behind a defense that limited rival Akron to fewer than 300
yards, the Golden Flashes soared to the top of the MAC standings and claimed
the Wagon Wheel game by rolling the Zips. Kent State Chapter President Antwan
Dixon had five catches for Kent State.
Princeton: The Tigers improved to 4-0 and have now won 14 straight after
overwhelming winless Lafayette. Collin Eaddy had three touchdown runs to power
the Princeton offense and the defense limited the visitors to seven first downs
and 162 yards of total offense on 57 plays.
Colgate: Defensive tackle Nick Wheeler registered two sacks against Bucknell to break a
38-year-old Colgate career sack record. Wheeler bumped his sack total to six
for the season and 29½ for his career, passing Kelly Robinson, who tallied 28½
from 1979-81. Wheeler earned the Week 7 Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of
Baylor: The upstart Bears moved to 6-0 with a double OT victory over
Texas Tech in a wild back-and-forth contest that saw the lead changed hands six
times. Baylor QB Charlie Brewer struggled at times, but came through with three
rushing touchdowns and an 81 yard march down the field late in the fourth
quarter for a field goal to force overtime. In the second OT, Baylor won it
with a 5-yard touchdown run by JaMycal Hasty.
Western Michigan: A 21-point second quarter explosion powered the
Broncos to a homecoming victory over Miami (Ohio). Western Michigan is 4-0 at
Waldo Stadium this season. Grad transfer Keith Mixon Jr. sparked the offense
with touchdown catches covering 46 and 37 yards. WMU Chapter President Justin
Tranquill tied for the team high in tackles with nine and also had a pass
Notre Dame: Powered by running back Tony Jones’ career 176 rushing yards, the
Fighting Irish jumped to a 17-3 halftime lead and held off a late charge from
USC. Jones had 120 of those yards in the first half.
Clemson: Behind a defense that produced four takeaways and limited Florida
State to only 253 total yards, the defending National Champion Tigers
became just the 15th FBS program to reach 750 all-time wins, and the first ACC
program to reach that mark. Clemson RB Travis Etienne finished with 127 yards,
three touchdowns and became the seventh player in school history to rush for
more than 3,000 yards.
Lehigh won its second game in a row behind a defense that held Colgate
in check all day and came up with a dramatic stop just short of the goal line
on the final play of the game.
Freshman Zaythan Hill put the Mountain Hawks in front 21-14 with a
9-yard touchdown scamper with 33 seconds remaining in regulation.
But Colgate zipped down the field, thanks to three completions and
a pass interference call, to move to the Lehigh 9-yard line with 1 second
Raiders quarterback Grant Breneman hit wideout Garrett Oakey in
the flat on the run, but as Oakey raced toward the corner of the end zone
strong safety Divine Buckrham, the Lehigh Chapter Vice President, swooped in
and brought Oakey down two feet short of the goal line.
It was the second consecutive week where the Lehigh defense
delivered a seven-point victory in a low scoring game. The Mountain Hawks
limited Colgate to 213 total yards, registered seven sacks and allowed only
three third-down conversions.
Senior linebacker Keith Woetzel led the Lehigh defensive effort
with 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Baylor: The undefeated Bears used another lights-out performance by their
defense and a running game that took over in the fourth quarter to record their
first Big 12 Conference road victory in two years. Baylor’s defense surrendered
only one touchdown, had two takeaways and finished with an eye-popping six
sacks and 15 tackles for loss – the most in a conference game in more than a
decade. Nursing an 11-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Bears’
ground game churned out 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter
to move Baylor to 5-0 and a spot inside the latest Top 25 rankings.
Davidson: The Wildcats scored on their first four possessions and six of
their first seven drives to run away from Morehead State in the Pioneer League
opener for Davidson. Junior running back Wesley Dugger had four touchdowns on
the ground as part of a 134 yards on 14 carries day. Davidson Chapter President
and linebacker George Hatalowich tied for second on the team in tackles with
six and also had a tackle for loss.
Penn State: A fast start by the offense and a ferocious four-quarter effort
by the Nittany Lions defense suffocated visiting Purdue in the 100th Homecoming
at Penn State. Before the game was 16 minutes old, the Nittany Lions led 28-0
thanks to three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown from Penn State
Chapter President and quarterback Sean Clifford. The defense took it from
there, limiting the Boilermakers to 104 total
yards and minus-19 rushing yards – the fewest rushing yards allowed by Penn
State since 1978 and fifth-fewest since 1947. Defensive ends Yetur Gross-Matos
and Shaka Toney combined for five of the Nittany Lions’ 10 sacks – one shy of
the school record.
Princeton: Trailing by a field goal at halftime, the Tigers rallied for 14
second-half points while the defense locked down Columbia and kept the Lions
off the scoreboard. The defending Ivy League champions have now won 13 straight
games. A blocked field goal by Joey DeMarco early in the fourth quarter that
would have made it 14-13 set the table for Princeton to put the game away. The
Tigers followed that blocked FG with a 10-play, 80-yard march that made it a
two-score game. Princeton’s defense limited Columbia to 35 rushing yards and 3
of 14 on third down.
Notre Dame: For the second time this season, quarterback Ian Book threw five touchdown passes in a game, only this time all five of his TD tosses came in the first half to make Book the first Fighting Irish QB in school history to throw five touchdown passes in a half to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week. Notre Dame Chapter Vice President Brock Wright had one catch for 40 yards in the blowout of Bowling Green.
Maryland: Four of the Terrapins’ seven touchdowns covered 42 or more yards
including an 80-yard TD pass on the first play of the game and a 100-yard
kickoff return to end Maryland’s two-game slide. Maryland scored on three
consecutive offensive plays in the second quarter to open up a 27-7 cushion.
All three Maryland wins this season have been by a 40-plus point differential,
marking the first season the Terrapins have posted three 40-plus point
victories since 1974.
Baylor redshirt freshman kicker John Mayers
missed a 38-yard field goal early in the game, but drilled one from the same
distance into a stiff wind with just 21 seconds remaining to propel the Bears
to 4-0 overall with the victory in their Big 12 opener over Iowa State.
Late in the third quarter, the Bears led 20-0
before the Cyclones offense caught fire and ripped off 21 unanswered points on
three consecutive drives to surge in front with 3:45 to play.
Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer rallied his
squad with a clutch 13-play, 54-yard drive that set up the winning field goal.
Brewer was 7-of-10 on the decisive drive and converted three times on third-down
The Bears have won six straight games (dating back to 2018 season)
for the first time since opening the 2016 season 6-0.
Penn State: Sophomore quarterback Sean
Clifford had a career night and set a school record in only his fourth start.
The Penn State Chapter President set personal records for yards passing (398)
and completions (26) and he set a school record for passing yards in a half
with 287 in the blowout of Maryland. Clifford also scored the first
rushing touchdown of his career on the Nittany Lions first snap from scrimmage.
The shutout by the Penn State defense was the first at Maryland since 1970.
Penn: Senior running back Karekin
Brooks scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs covering 2 and 31 yards
to seal a road victory at Lafayette for the Quakers’ first win of the season.
Penn was nursing a four-point lead entering the final 15 minutes before Brooks
found the end zone twice. He finished with 202 yards on 29 carries.
Brooks’ 202-yard game was the third 200-plus yard
game of his career and in the process he became the first player in program
history to post three career 200-plus yard games to earn the Uplifting Athletes
Rare Performance of the Week.
The Victory Cannon will stay in Kalamazoo for the seventh time in the last nine
years after the Broncos rolled over in-state rival Central Michigan. The WMU
defense limited the Chippewas to 107 rushing yards and shut them out for three
quarters. Western Michigan Chapter President Justin Tranquill recorded the
first sack of his career, his second interception in 2019 and also had a tackle
for a loss.
Lehigh: It took one of the best
defensive efforts in recent Mountain Hawks history for Lehigh to post its first
victory of the season. Despite being on the field a whopping 37 minutes, the
Mountain Hawk defense held Merrimack to minus-25 yards rushing, recorded six
sacks, posted two takeaways and the only points Lehigh surrendered was a
second-quarter field goal.
Notre Dame: Behind a defense that posted
eight sacks and five turnovers, the Fighting Irish rallied from its first
halftime deficit of the season to outscore Virginia 21-3 in the second half in
a battle of previously Top 20 ranked teams. Defensive end Julian Okwara led the
defense with 3 sacks, two quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles, both of
which led to Irish touchdowns. Notre Dame Chapter President Drew White
tied for the team-high in tackles with seven including five solo stops.
Saint Francis: A blocked punt set up the Red
Flash for the only touchdown of the game in a defensive tussle in Rhode Island
with Bryant. In it’s three wins, Saint Francis has only surrendered 14, 13 and
six points. In a game that saw the two squads combined for 20 punts, the Red Flash
defense limited Bryant to 210 total yards, a pair of field goals and 2 of 17 on
third down. SFU Chapter President Nick Rinella paced the defense with eight
tackles including seven solo stops and a tackle for a loss.
Florida State: Quarterback Alex Hornibook, a
graduate transfer from Wisconsin, made his first career start for the Seminoles
and threw for a career-high 316 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over NC
State. The victory over the Wolfpack marked the first time since 2016 that
FSU has posted back-to-back victories in ACC games since the 2016 season.
Stony Brook: Junior quarterback Tyquell
Fields scrambled 50 yards for a touchdown on a fourth-down play to score with
11 seconds remaining to give the Seawolves a dramatic come-from-behind road
victory in their CAA opener. Stony Brook and Rhode Island combined to score 37
points in the wild fourth quarter that saw URI score a pair of touchdowns in
less than 30 seconds inside the final 2 minutes to erase a 10-point deficit.
Syracuse: Quarterback Tommy DeVito, the
first-year starter for the Orange, threw four touchdown passes for the second
consecutive game becoming only the second Syracuse quarterback in program to
have multiple four-plus touchdown games during his career in the comfortable
win over Holy Cross. Former Orange signal caller Ryan Nassib threw four TD
passes in a game four times during his career.
Princeton: Senior quarterback Andrew Davidson,
making only his second start for the Tigers, broke the Princeton and Ivy League
single-game record for touchdown passes in a game with seven in the victory
over Bucknell. Senior wide receiver Andrew
Griffin hauled in four of those touchdown passes to tie the 28-year-old school
and Ivy League record for touchdowns by a wide receiver in a game.
Fordham: Rams linebacker Ryan Greenhagen,
coming off back-to-back Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors,
appears to be a strong candidate to make it three in a row after posting 13
tackles, including 10 solo, a career-high 4.5 tackles for a loss and one sack
in a victory over Richmond. Defensive back Dervin Hylton Jr. knocked down a
pair of passes in the end zone in the dying seconds to preserve the second win
of the season for Fordham.
Clemson: The defending National
Champions made it 20 victories in a row thanks to its defense stuffing North
Carolina on a two-point conversion attempt inside the final two minutes to
preserve a one-point victory over the Tar Heels. It was the first road victory
for the Tigers at North Carolina since 2002.
Every touchdown scored during the month of
October by participating members of the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network
of college football student-athlete led chapters will help support the Rare
Uplifting Athletes chapters are run by college
football student-athletes. So, for fans, this is a great way to support the
players on your favorite team in their off-the-field efforts by supporting
their on-field performance.
“Uplifting Athletes’ college football chapters
provide a unique platform to raise awareness for the Rare Disease Community.
Touchdown Pledge Drive is an in-season student-athlete led initiative to shine
a national spotlight on rare diseases,” Uplifting Athletes Director of Sports
Impact Brett Brackett said. “We are grateful to each and every school that is
participating this year by spreading awareness and encouraging their fans to
pledge per touchdown scored during games in October to support the mission of
Clemson, Colgate, Davidson, Fordham, Illinois, Kent State, Lehigh, Marist, NC State, Northwestern, Penn, Penn State, Saint Francis, Stony Brook, Syracuse and Western Michigan chapters have each committed to helping Uplifting Athletes Tackle Rare Diseases by participating in Touchdown Pledge Drive 2019.
Fans can simply make a pledge
to their favorite college-football student-athlete led chapter for each
touchdown they score in October. Then as the games
unfold, watch and cheer as each touchdown scored helps raise money to support
the Rare Disease Community.
The proceeds from Touchdown Pledge Drive 2019
support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare
Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting
The challenges faced by the Rare Disease
Community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle
alone. The grassroots effort of our nationwide network of teams is uniquely
positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on
favorite Uplifting Athletes Chapter using college football as a platform to shine a spotlight on the
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support their efforts by signing up for Touchdown Pledge Drive 2019 today!