Georgia Tech Touchdown Pledge Drive Saturday against Pittsburgh


GA TECH TDPD 2017 GRAPHICThe Georgia Tech Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is counting on the Yellow Jackets offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday, September 23 for its 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community.

Uplifting Athletes chapters are run by football student-athletes. So, for fans, this is a great way to support the players on your favorite team off the field in their efforts to use the power of sport for social good.

The leadership team of the Georgia Tech Chapter and all the members of the 2017 Yellow Jackets squad is asking fans to support their efforts when Georgia Tech welcomes Pittsburgh to Bobby Dodd Stadium by making a pledge through the Georgia Tech Chapter online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

Fans can simply make a pledge for each touchdown the Yellow Jackets score that day and they can follow along to see the impact they are helping the players make.

The proceeds from our 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

The challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The grassroots effort of the Georgia Tech Chapter, along with a nationwide network of teams, is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

Georgia Tech started doing its part to serve the rare disease community starting in 2015 when former Yellow Jackets offensive lineman Trey Klock started the chapter. His inspiration was formed after two members of his family were affected by rare diseases. His personal story served as an inspiration for his teammates to support his efforts.

Support the Georgia Tech Chapter and its efforts to make a difference in the rare disease community by signing up for its Touchdown Pledge Drive today!

Maryland Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive Saturday against UCF


MARYLAND TDPD 2017 GRAPHICThe Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, led by President Adam Greene, is counting on the Terrapins offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday, September 23 for its 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community.

Uplifting Athletes chapters are run by football student-athletes. So, for fans, this is a great way to support the players on your favorite team off the field in their efforts to use the power of sport for social good.

The leadership team of the Maryland Chapter and all the members of the 2017 Terrapins squad is asking fans to support their efforts when Maryland welcomes Central Florida to Maryland Stadium by making a pledge through the Maryland Chapter online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

Fans can simply make a pledge for each touchdown the Terrapins score that day and they can follow along to see the impact they are helping the players make.

The proceeds from our 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

The challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The grassroots effort of the Maryland Chapter, along with a nationwide network of teams, is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

Maryland started tackling rare diseases in 2009 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of former Terrapins quarterback Boomer Esiason. His son, Gunnar, lives with the rare disease cystic fibrosis and his battle serves as the inspiration for Maryland to support the rare disease community.

Support the Maryland Chapter and its efforts to make a difference in the rare disease community by signing up for its Touchdown Pledge Drive today!

Clemson Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive Saturday against Boston College


CLEMSON TDPD 2017 GRAPHICThe Clemson Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, led by President Christian Groomes, is counting on the Tigers offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday, September 23 for its 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community.

Uplifting Athletes chapters are run by football student-athletes. So, for fans, this is a great way to support the players on your favorite team off the field in their efforts to use the power of sport for social good.

The leadership team of the Clemson Chapter and all the members of the 2017 Tigers squad is asking fans to support their efforts when Tigers welcomes Boston College to Death Valley by making a pledge through the Clemson Chapter online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

Fans can simply make a pledge for each touchdown the Tigers score that day and they can follow along to see the impact they are helping the players make.

The proceeds from our 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

The challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The grassroots effort of the Clemson Chapter, along with a nationwide network of teams, is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

Clemson 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.

Support the Clemson Chapter and its efforts to make a difference in the rare disease community by signing up for its Touchdown Pledge Drive today!

Stony Brook Touchdown Pledge Drive Saturday against Towson


STONY BROOK TDPD 2017 GRAPHICThe Stony Brook Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, led by President P.J. Edwards, is counting on the Seawolves offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday, September 23 for its 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community.

Uplifting Athletes chapters are run by football student-athletes. So, for fans, this is a great way to support the players on your favorite team off the field in their efforts to use the power of sport for social good.

The leadership team of the Stony Brook Chapter and all the members of the 2017 Seawolves squad is asking fans to support their efforts when Stony Brook welcomes Towson to Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium by making a pledge through the Stony Brook Chapter online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

Fans can simply make a pledge for each touchdown the Seawolves score that day and they can follow along to see the impact they are helping the players make.

The proceeds from our 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

The challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The grassroots effort of the Stony Brook Chapter, along with a nationwide network of teams, is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

The Stony Brook Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2014 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Stony Brook Chapter serves the rare disease community based on a long-term relationship between the Seawolves head coach Chuck Priore and a rare disease patient.

Joey Ferminella battled the rare disease medullolblastoma and is very much part of the Seawolves program annually thanks to his personal relationship with Priore, and the players became an extension of this relationship by joining Uplifting Athletes.

Support the Stony Brook Chapter and its efforts to make a difference in the rare disease community by signing up for its Touchdown Pledge Drive today!

Colgate Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive Saturday against Furman


COLGATE TDPD 2017 GRAPHICThe Colgate Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is counting on the Raiders offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday, September 23 for its 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community.

Uplifting Athletes chapters are run by football student-athletes. So, for fans, this is a great way to support the players on your favorite team off the field in their efforts to use the power of sport for social good.

The leadership team of the Colgate Chapter and all the members of the 2017 Raiders squad is asking fans to support their efforts when Colgate welcomes Furman to New York by making a pledge through the Colgate Chapter online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

Fans can simply make a pledge for each touchdown the Raiders score that day and they can follow along to see the impact they are helping the players make.

The proceeds from our 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

The challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The grassroots effort of the Colgate Chapter, along with a nationwide network of teams, is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

The Colgate Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2008 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Colgate Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of former offensive coach Casey Vogt, who was diagnosed with the rare disease ependymoma.

Coach Vogt recovered fully from his battle and returned to coach. And the Colgate Chapter has continued its nearly decade-long support of the rare disease community.

Support the Colgate Chapter and its efforts to make a difference in the rare disease community by signing up for its Touchdown Pledge Drive today!

Weekly Update: Strong start to Touchdown Pledge Drive 2017 with five teams posting victories


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Thank you to Penn State, Northwestern, Princeton, Saint Francis, Syracuse and NC State student-athlete chapter leaders and fans of those programs for supporting the opening week of Touchdown Pledge Drive 2017.

Five of those schools, Penn State, Northwestern, Princeton, Syracuse and NC State, posted Week 3 victories. Only Saint Francis suffered a setback, and that was a narrow 16-14 loss to a strong Towson squad.

The six Week 1 Touchdown Pledge Drive schools combined to score 32 touchdowns with Penn State, Northwestern and NC State all posting seven or more.

Syracuse rebounded from a stinging upset at home last week by overpowering a previously 2-0 Central Michigan squad by 24 points.

Orange QB Eric Dungey rolled up 384 total yards (279 passing, 105 rushing) and three touchdowns. Syracuse led 24-17 at halftime, then outscored the Chippewas 17-0 in the third quarter to pull away.

The initial two weeks of the season had been a struggle for a Northwestern team with high expectations in the Big Ten West. The Wildcats rebounded with a solid offensive performance to overwhelm Bowling Green.

QB Clayton Thorson, RB Justin Jackson and WR Garrett Dickerson all had big games for an offense that pumped out nearly 700 total yards.

Penn State moved back to No. 4 overall in the country after the Nittany Lions used huge games from Heisman Trophy candidates, RB Saquon Barkley and QB Trace McSorley, to steam roll Georgia State. The duo combined for 522 total yards and six touchdowns.

McSorley threw for 309 yards with four touchdowns and ran for another score to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance Award for Week 3.

For all its offense, the Nittany Lions defense has shown some teeth in their first 12 quarters by allowing only one touchdown and pitching a pair of shutouts.

Meet Northwestern University Chapter President and Wildcats starting guard Tommy Doles in our weekly Beyond The Trophy series.

NC State piled up more than 550 yards of offense against Furman and scored all seven of its touchdowns by the end of third quarter to move the Wolfpack to 2-1 overall.

Wide receiver Stephen Carlson hauled in three touchdown passes from Chad Kanoff to spark Princeton to a solid victory over visiting San Diego to open the Tigers’ 2017 season. The defending Ivy League co-champions threw for more than 350 yards and the defense forced three key turnovers.

Quarterback Joe Carbone tossed three touchdown passes and Stony Brook grinded out nearly 300 yards on the ground in completely dominating Sacred Heart. Three Seawolves, Stacey Bedell, Jordan Gowins and Donald Liotine, each had 65 or more yards on the ground.

UPenn won its wild ’17 season opener at Franklin Field behind 35 second-half points to subdue winless Ohio Dominican. RB Karekin Brooks totaled 142 yards on 10 carries with a pair of touchdowns to spark the Quakers.

The Clemson defense once again announced its presence with authority as the defending National Champions limited ACC foe Louisville to a single touchdown through three quarters to grab a 33-7 lead. New Tigers QB Kelly Bryant threw for 316 yards with one score and added 26 yards on the ground with a pair of end zone trips. WR Ray-Ray McCloud had seven grabs for 115 yards and a TD.

Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush and RB Josh Adams combined to run over Boston College at Chestnut Hill. The Fighting Irish duo teamed up for 436 yards on 39 carries with Wimbish scoring four times.

 

 

 

Penn State QB Trace McSorley earns Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week


MCSORLEY PSUDefending Big Ten champion Penn State improved to 3-0 and scored 50 or more points for the second time this season in its victory over Georgia State Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.

Redshirt junior quarterback Trace McSorley struggled a bit against rival Pitt last week, but he came out white hot against the Panthers from Georgia State in a 56-0 victory.

McSorley, who is the co-President of the Penn State Chapter, completed 18 of 23 passes for 309 yards with four touchdowns in less than three quarters of work to earn the Week 3 Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

The Penn State quarterback, who threw his TD passes to four different receivers, also added a rushing touchdown for the Nittany Lions as part of their Uplifting Athletes Touchdown Pledge Drive game.

Penn State raised more than $12,500 by scoring eight times against Georgia State in support of Uplifting Athletes and its mission.

Previous Player of the Week Winners

Week 1: RB Josh Adams, Notre Dame

Week 2: QB Ryan Finley, NC State