Illinois Chapter announces annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community set for July 24th


The Illinois Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Wednesday, July 24th.

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

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes by using college football as a platform to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport.

“At the University of Illinois, Uplifting Athletes and its Lift for Life are a tradition. Uplifting Athletes is a tremendous way for our teammates to use their platform as college athletes,” Illinois Chapter President and tight end Bobby Walker said. “We all care about what we do on the field, but the work outside of it is very important as well, which is why this event is so important to us.”

The 2019 Illinois Chapter Lift For Life will be a competition to see how many yards each of the three fundraising teams can push the sled. The Lift For Life event this year is private.

Fans and supporters can pledge to one of the three teams for every yard that team can push the sled. So choose your favorite Fighting Illini player and support their team by visiting the Illinois Chapter Lift For Life fundraising site and pledging now! You can also make a flat donation to the Illinois Lift For Life.

The proceeds from the Illinois 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 Illinois 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 student-athlete led Illinois Chapter serves the Rare Disease Community in honor of Andrew Carter, a former Illini offensive lineman who battled the rare disease acoustic neuroma in 2011. Carter never played football again, but his fight inspired the Illinois football program to help Tackle Rare Diseases.

Please support the Illinois Chapter and help the Fighting Illini reach their impressive $25,000 team Lift For Life goal.

Maryland Chapter announces annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community set for July 19th


The Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Friday, July 19th.

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

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes by using college football as a platform to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport.

The 2019 Maryland Chapter Lift For Life will be a competition to see how much weight each of the eight fundraising teams can lift during their max bench press and squat testing. The Lift For Life event this year is private.

Fans and supporters can pledge to one of the eight teams for every 1,000 pounds knocked out during their max bench press and squat competition. So choose your favorite Terps player and support their team by visiting the Maryland Chapter Lift For Life fundraising site and pledging now! You can also make a flat donation to the Maryland Lift For Life.

The proceeds from the Maryland 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 Maryland 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 Maryland Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2009 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Maryland Chapter serves the Rare Disease Community in honor of former Terrapins quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Esiason’s son, Gunnar, lives with the rare disease cystic fibrosis and his battle served as the inspiration for Maryland football to join Uplifting Athletes.

Please support the Maryland Chapter and help the Terps reach their impressive $5,000 team Lift For Life goal.

Colgate Chapter announces annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community set for July 19th


The Colgate Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Friday, July 19th.

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

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes by using college football as a platform to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport.

“Lift For Life and Uplifting Athletes exemplifies how to utilize the college football platform to create change,” Colgate Chapter President and running back Triston Fairchild said. “Colgate football is honored to be able to work with Uplifting Athletes to inspire hope for a better future within the Rare Disease Community.”

The 2019 Colgate Chapter Lift For Life will be a competition featuring 225-pound bench press repetitions between the nine football student-athlete led fundraising teams.

Fans and supporters can pledge to any of the nine Raiders position groups for the average number of 225-pound bench press repetitions that group averages. So choose your favorite Colgate player and support their position group by visiting the Colgate Lift For Life fundraising site and pledging now! You can also make a flat donation to the Colgate Lift For Life.

The proceeds from the Colgate 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 $5,000 team Lift For Life goal.

Syracuse Chapter announces annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community set for July 18th


The Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Thursday, July 18th inside Manley Field House starting at 5:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.

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

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes by using college football as a platform to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport.

“The rare disease community has a special place in my heart,” said Syracuse Chapter President and offensive lineman Sam Heckel. “Syracuse football and it’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes is excited to raise awareness and funding for the Rare Disease Community.”

The 2019 Syracuse Chapter Lift For Life will be a competition featuring 225-pound bench press repetitions between the eight football student-athlete led fundraising teams.

Fans and supporters can pledge to any of the eight Orange teams for the average number of 225-pound bench press repetitions that team averages. So choose your favorite Syracuse player and support their team by visiting the Syracuse Football Lift For Life fundraising site and pledging now! You can also make a flat donation to the Syracuse Lift For Life.

The proceeds from the Syracuse 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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2013 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Syracuse Chapter serves the Rare Disease Community in honor of Rob Long, a former Orange punter and team captain.

Long was diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumor and battled through his rare disease to make a full recovery and today serves as the Executive Director of Uplifting Athletes.

Please support the Syracuse Chapter and help the Orange reach their impressive $10,000 team Lift For Life goal.

Notre Dame Chapter announces Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community set for July 19th


The Notre Dame Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Friday, July 19th.

Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Notre Dame Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Notre Dame is a part of Uplifting Athletes’ nationwide network of chapters led by college football student-athletes.

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes by using college football as a platform to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport.

The Notre Dame Chapter Lift For Life is a private event this year.

“Uplifting Athletes is an incredible opportunity for us to use our platform as college athletes to raise awareness for a great cause,” said Notre Dame Chapter Vice President and tight end Brock Wright. “It is very special for our program to be able to work with an organization that can make an impact in the fight against rare diseases. The Lift for Life gives us a chance to contribute to this fight.”

The 2019 Notre Dame Chapter Lift For Life will be a competition featuring max leg press repetitions between the eight football student-athlete led fundraising teams.

Fans and supporters can pledge to any of the eight Fighting Irish teams for the total number of leg press repetitions that particular team knocks out. So choose your favorite Notre Dame player and support their team by visiting Notre Dame Chapter Lift For Life fundraising site and pledging now! You can also make a flat donation to the Notre Dame Lift For Life.

The proceeds from the Notre Dame 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 Notre Dame 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 Notre Dame Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2012 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Notre Dame Chapter was started by former Fighting Irish linebacker Joe Schmidt and serves the Rare Disease Community in honor of rare disease patient Sam Grewe.

Diagnosed with the rare disease osteosarcoma in 2011 as a teenager, Grewe is a huge Fighting Irish fan and the Notre Dame football program formed a close relationship with Grewe as he battled his rare disease.

Please support the Notre Dame Chapter and help the Fighting Irish reach their impressive $15,000 team Lift For Life goal.

Clemson Chapter announces Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community set for July 15


The Clemson Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Monday, July 15th.

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

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes by using college football as a platform to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport.

The Clemson Chapter Lift For Life is a private event this year.

“Here at Clemson, one of our main focuses outside of football is to serve others. Working with Uplifting Athletes and Lift for Life is what it’s all about,” Clemson Chapter President and punter Will Spiers said. We are honored to use our platform to make a difference, serve others, and create hope for the Rare Disease Community.”

The 2019 Clemson Chapter Lift For Life will be a competition featuring max bench press repetitions between the eight football student-athlete led fundraising teams.

Fans and supporters can pledge to any of the eight Tigers teams for the total number of leg press repetitions that particular team averages. So choose your favorite Clemson player and support their team by visiting the Clemson Chapter Lift For Life fundraising page and pledging now! You can also make a flat donation to the Clemson Lift For Life.

The proceeds from the Clemson 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 Clemson 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 Clemson Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2014 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. Founded by former kicker Chandler Catanzaro and long snapper Jim Brown, the student-athlete led Clemson Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of an assistant coach who fought kidney cancer, a former player who fights Castleman disease, and a member of the Tigers athletic staff whose child battles neuroblastoma.

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

Notre Dame Chapter welcomes Rare Disease patients, siblings and caregivers to Uplifting Experience bowling event


An important part of the Notre Dame Chapter heritage is the annual bowling event the Fighting Irish started in 2014.

This past weekend the Notre Dame Chapter used its event at the Strikes & Spares Event Center in Mishawaka, Indiana to host an Uplifting Experience for rare disease patients, families and caregivers.

More than 100 people – the largest attendance in the six-year history of the ND Chapter bowling event – packed the lanes for two hours of fun and inspiration.

“This was way bigger than anything we’ve ever had. It has been awesome to see how this event has grown and the impact the patients and football players have on each other,” said Uplifting Athletes Executive Director Rob Long, who attended the event Sunday morning.

“More than 30 Notre Dame football players showed up and they did a phenomenal job. There were more than 70 patients, siblings and caregivers The bowling alley staff did a phenomenal job. This is a community business giving back by donating their facility to make this possible. We are so proud of what this Uplifting Experience has become.”

When the Notre Dame Chapter joined the Uplifting Athletes team six years ago the annual bowling event was primarily an awareness event for Uplifting Athletes and the Rare Disease Community. 

As more rare disease patients, families and caregivers started coming to the event, the impact of those relationships spawned a shift in the focus of this event from just awareness to all about making this a special day for rare disease patients, their families and caregivers.

“It was great to see how happy the kids were and how great the players were with the kids,” Long said. “A bowling event like this a perfect Uplifting Experience and benefits everybody involved.”