Penn State Chapter leader Trace McSorley announced as finalist for NFF William V. Campbell Trophy


NFF William V Campbell_ TraceCongratulations to Penn State Uplifting Athletes Chapter Leader Trace McSorley on being named a finalist for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, which annually recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced 13 finalists, who will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class.

“Trace is a tremendous leader on and off the field. He has been a pleasure to work with in his roles as our Penn State Chapter President and Vice President,” Uplifting Athletes Director Sports Impact Brett Brackett said. “He has a passion for the Rare Disease Community and is far more than just one of the best quarterbacks in the nation … he is one of the most well-rounded student-athletes I’ve ever met or had the privilege to work with.”

All 13 finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 4, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports.

At the event, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, one member of the class will be declared the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

The 13 finalists were selected from a nationwide pool of 179 exceptional semifinalists chosen from all NCAA divisions and the NAIA.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the Campbell Trophy and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

Three other finalists, Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame), Ryan Finley (NC State) and Christian Wilkins (Clemson), participated in Uplifting Athletes chapter events at their schools.

Illinois Chapter President Nick Allegretti and Saint Francis Chapter President Mike Ames were among the 179 semifinalists.

 

 

 

Davidson Chapter leader and defensive back Kevin Stipe featured in latest Beyond The Trophy series


STIPEEach 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: Kevin Stipe

College: Davidson College

Height, weight, class, position: 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, junior, cornerback

High School: Wesleyan HS in Alpharetta, Georgia

About Stipe: After appearing in six games as a true freshman in 2016 where he made a dozen tackles and recorded his first collegiate interception, Stipe missed most of last season when he suffered an injury after appearing in two games. … Co-founder and leader of the Davidson Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, Stipe has served as an inspirational leader in getting the Wildcats chapter up and running to serve the Rare Disease Community. … This season he has appeared in four games while coming back from injury and has recorded three tackles. … Named to the 2017 Pioneer Football League (PFL) Academic Honor Roll in 2017.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

Stipe: My most memorable experience as a college football player was when I started my first game Freshmen year. My entire family was there for the game to support me.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

Stipe: I heard about the organization from one of my good friends and teammates, who had heard about it from some of his high school friends. When I learned what the organization was about, I immediately wanted to be a part. I loved the idea of using the platform we have as athletes to promote such a good cause that a lot of people don’t know about.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

Stipe: First and foremost, I have learned how important it is to take the time to give back to others in need. Whether this is holding events to raise money for those in the rare disease community that need our support, or simply visiting children’s hospitals to brighten someone’s day, spending time giving back to others is extremely important. I have also learned how to be a more effective leader and how to communicate more effectively. I have learned so many skills and valuable lessons from my experiences with Uplifting Athletes.

.As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?

Stipe: My favorite part of a home game day is having more down time to mentally and physically prepare for the game.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Stipe: Cam Newton because of his style of play and the way he has fun playing the game he loves.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

Stipe: Probably one of my grandparents that I didn’t get to spend much time with. I would love to ask them about all their experiences and stories I have heard over the years.

What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?

Stipe: Western Carolina because of the enormous band and crazy atmosphere.

 HOT SEAT QUESTIONS

What is your perfect pizza?

Stipe: BBQ Chicken

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Stipe: In My Feelings- Drake; Sicko Mode- Travis Scott and Hopeless Romantic- Wiz Khalifa

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

Stipe: Chick-fil-A

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

Stipe: Atlanta Braves

What is the most used app on your phone?

Stipe: Twitter

No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?

Stipe: Work in the Financial Industry in Atlanta, close to my family

 

 

 

 

Clemson wins battle of unbeaten chapters schools to highlight Week 8 Chapter Update


CLEMSON GRAPHICClemson and NC State hooked up in a battle of ACC unbeaten squads and the Tigers emerged as the clear-cut favorite to once again win the conference title.

True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for 308 yards and running back Travis Etienne added three touchdown runs to power the Tigers past the Wolfpack.

The Clemson defense limited NC State to fewer than 300 total yards, recorded eight tackles for a loss, one sack, and picked off a pair of passes.

For the third time in four years Clemson has won its first seven games of the season.

Clemson is now the unanimous No. 2 ranked team in the country behind defending National Champion Alabama. NC State dropped to No. 22 with it’s first loss of 2018.

Catch up with Penn Chapter leader Cooper Gardner in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy Series

Penn State: The Nittany Lions ended their two-game losing streak by nudging past Indiana on the strength of timely defense and 347 total yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns from quarterback Trace McSorley. No. 16 ranked Penn State recorded six sacks and was a perfect 5-for-5 in red zone opportunities.

Penn State defensive end Shaka Toney registered four sacks against Indiana to tie the school record for a single game to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

Western Michigan: For the fifth straight year the Broncos are bowl eligible after running their winning streak to six games with a victory over in-state rival Central Michigan. The Broncos are also one of only three MAC teams without a conference loss. Running backs LaVante Bellamy and Jamuari Bogan combined for 242 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries each. Bogan became only the seventh player in WMU history to eclipse 3,000 career rushing yards.

Stony Brook: The FCS No. 17 ranked Seawolves treated their homecoming crowd to a record-breaking show by scoring the most points in school history, 52, in a CAA game. Running backs Donald Liotine and Jordan Gowins, dubbed the “Long Island Express”, each went over 100 yards rushing for the fourth time this season, tying the school record. Stony Brook ran 30 more plays (79-49) than Rhode Island and outgained the visitors 460-201.

Syracuse: Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy DeVito came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes, including a pair in overtime, to help the Orange escape the double overtime upset bid of North Carolina. DeVito was inserted into the game late in the fourth quarter with Syracuse trailing by a touchdown (27-20). He completed 11 of 19 passes for 181 yards and his 4-yard toss to tight end Ravian Pierce in the second OT was the game winner.

Princeton: After scoring 45 or more points in each of its first five games, the Tigers used a strong defensive effort to hold off Harvard in a game where Princeton never trailed, but never led by more than two scores. The 6-0 start marks the second time since 1995 Princeton started the season with six wins in a row. The last time was 2006. The key for the Tigers in this one was a defense that produced a pair of turnovers and stuffed Harvard on three drives in the third quarter when the Crimson had opportunities to take the lead.

Northwestern: First-year running back Isaiah Bowser played a huge role in the Wildcats extending their Big Ten road winning streak to six games. Bowser posted a pair of touchdowns including a 5-yard run midway through the fourth quarter that put Northwestern ahead for good. He carried a career-high 24 times for 108 yards. Wildcats defensive tackle Samdup Miller paced Northwestern with eight tackles and has 22 stops in his last two games. The victory was the 11th in the last 12 Big Ten games for Northwestern.

Florida State: Trailing 10-0 in the first quarter, the Seminoles defense came up with a huge fourth-down stop to light the fuse that ended up being a 38 unanswered points explosion for FSU. Quarterback Deondre Francois threw for 341 yards and a couple touchdowns and running back Cam Akers scored twice, including a 58-yard gallop. Florida State’s defense overcame a shaky start to record 11 tackles for a loss and six sacks.

 

 

Penn Chapter leader and veteran defensive lineman Cooper Gardner featured in latest Beyond The Trophy series


GARDNEREach 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: Cooper Gardner

College: University of Pennsylvania

Height, weight, class, position: 6-1, 270 pounds, senior, defensive line

High School: Broomfield HS in Broomfield, Colorado

About Gardner: A mainstay on the defensive line, Gardner is in his fourth season of being a regular up front on the DL for the Quakers. By starting all six games this season, Gardner now has started 26 games for Penn and appeared in 35 games since he first cracked the lineup in 2015. … Leader of the Penn Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. … This season has a career-high four sacks through six games to lead the team. … Now has 55 tackles for his career mostly playing nose tackle. … Majoring in the biological basics of behavior, also known as neuroscience. He plans to go to medical school to become a surgeon.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

Gardner: My sophomore year we played Harvard and won in a super tight game. The defense was playing lights out that game despite being in bad position most of the game.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

Gardner: What drove me was the older guys on the team who were a part of it and all of the good things they had to say as well as our team having some personal connections with the Rare Disease Community.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

Gardner: I have learned a lot about the work that goes into running these organizations but that great amounts can be accomplished by determined individuals.

As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?

Gardner: What I love about game day at Franklin Field is that all of the flags are put up on top of the whole stadium. It is a pretty awesome site and I love taking it all in during warm ups.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Gardner: J.J. Watt because not only does he dominate on the field, but he also is an incredible person in the other aspects of his life. Also, we both rock No. 99 so that doesn’t hurt.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

Gardner: Teddy Roosevelt because he is my favorite president and his story always amazes me. He is the epitome of grit and toughness.

What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?

Gardner: Dartmouth because that is where my Dad played football in college and the away locker room is the old home locker room. It is pretty cool to get geared up and play in the same place my Dad did but a generation later.

HOT SEAT QUESTIONS

What is your perfect pizza?

Gardner: Classic Pepperoni

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Gardner: Can’t Say – Travis Scott; Honey-070 Shake; Missed Calls-Earthgang

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

Gardner: Since being Philly, I’ll have to go with Wawa

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

Gardner: Denver Broncos!

What is the most used app on your phone?

Gardner: Twitter probably

No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?

Gardner: To graduate from Medical School

 

 

 

Illinois Chapter President and offensive lineman Nick Allegretti a leader on and off the field


NICK 1Illinois football senior offensive lineman Nick Allegretti is the President of Illinois Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. This story, authored by Logan Hanson, is being re-posted courtesy of FightingIllini.com with permission.

Champaign, Ill. – There has been one common trait for the offensive line for the past three seasons for the Illini, number 53 in the trenches. For the 30th straight game, senior offensive lineman Nick Allegretti lined up for the Illini. Allegretti’s experience is respected by the Illini who named the veteran a team captain for the 2017 and 2018 seasons and his leadership has helped strengthen the Illini offensive line.

Perhaps more impressive than Allegretti’s on-field prowess is his off the field kindness. Allegretti, a 2017 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree, was recently nominated for the Senior CLASS Award as well as named a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy.

The Senior CLASS Award honors student-athletes with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Community, Classroom, Character and Competition. The Campbell Trophy is given to a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility who has a GPA of at least a 3.2, have outstanding football ability as a starter or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

For Allegretti this was not an individual effort, but a collection of lessons and knowledge learned from his family.

“I’ve got to give all that credit to my family,” said Allegretti, “I was raised the right way, my parents whatever they did they emphasized giving back to the community, serving others, taking advantage of the opportunity you have to give back to those who are less fortunate.”

Allegretti has certainly been able to give back to the community. As a member of the Illini, Allegretti serves as the president of the Illinois Uplifting Athletes chapter which raises money for rare disease research and treatment and is the “Lift For Life” organizer which has raised over $88,000 for charity in the last two seasons. But Allegretti has a favorite of his charitable exploits: volunteering for the Tom Jones Challenger Baseball League (TJCL). TJCL, which practices and plays in Urbana, is a baseball league that helps children with varying degrees of physical and mental challenges to be able to play a sport by providing a safe environment for the kids.

“I worked with them since the first summer I got on campus. I just immediately gravitated towards the kids there,” said Allegretti about TJCL,”The players are incredible. They are all Champaign community kids, families that love Illini. They are just so grateful for you to be out there and when you take a step back and realize that you doing something so simple had such a large impact, it just makes it easy to go out there and help them. Working with that organization has been really special.”

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After earning his bachelor’s degree in accountancy in December, Allegretti wants to leave his mark on a community that he has called home for four years. It all comes back to leaving the community better than when he first arrived for Allegretti and giving back to those who love the University so much.

“When I leave this school I obviously want to leave it better than I found it,” said Allegretti,”I want to leave it with a program with a good offense, a good program, a winning team and then have the players see what it’s like to have an impact on the community. This community cares a ton about us as a team, they support us a ton, so take an hour out of your day occasionally and go volunteer in the community it means a lot.”

Allegretti wants his impact to have an effect both on the community and the other members of his team. With his final campaign halfway over, Allegretti has a message for those players both coming up in the program and in the future.

“Use your platform,” said Allegretti, “You don’t understand how large your platform is and how effective you can be when you’re a Big Ten football player. We’re in a small town community and you have an incredible platform to help people, so use your platform and just give back to those people who have supported you during your career.”

The Illini offensive line will certainly miss having number fifty-three on their side next season, but the Champaign-Urbana community may miss Allegretti even more so. With four years of service to the community, Allegretti’s charity will not be forgotten.

 

Stony Brook Chapter leader and veteran punter Marc Nolan featured in latest Beyond The Trophy series


NOLANEach 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: Marc Nolan

College: Stony Brook University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-1, 210-pound senior punter

High School: Blessed Trinity Catholic, Woodstock, Ga.

About Nolan: Prior to this season had played in 34 games for the Seawolves as the No. 1 punter, averaging 37.3 yards per punt with 34 percent of his career punts being downed inside the 20-yard-line. … Nolan has 13 punts in his career of 50 or more 50 yards including a long of 63 against Albany in 2016. He’s averaging 39.0 yards per punt this season and is approaching 10,000 career punting yards. … A highly decorated punter and Magna Cum Laude student coming out of high school, Nolan serves in a leadership role for the Stony Brook Chapter of Uplifting Athletes.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

Nolan: My most memorable experience would have to be our last regular season game against Maine in the 2017 season. We were trailing all game and down by two touchdowns going into the fourth quarter. With a couple key stops by our defense, winning the field battle on special teams, and of course a 40-yard Hail Mary as time expired to win the game. This win helped up clinch a playoff spot and a second place finish in the CAA.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

Nolan: One of my closest and longest friends was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his left knee when we were in fifth grade. With the help of his mom, my family and I became very involved with The CURE Foundation (sharing his story, sending donations, etc.) My sophomore year in high school, my father and I started a program with CURE called Kickers Kicking Cancer, which was designed for high school kickers throughout the United States help raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. With my previous experiences with CURE, the decision to get involved with Uplifting Athletes was easy.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

Nolan: My experience with Uplifting Athletes has taught me that as an athlete we have a platform that can be used to enhance the lives of others, not just ourselves. As student-athletes we can use our status and the attention placed on us to help influence the lives of so many people that may not have a voice themselves.

As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?

Nolan: My favorite home, game day experience has to be the moment the team is together in the tunnel before the opening kickoff. Smoke goes up, crowd getting loud, and the whole team excited to play- no better feeling.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Nolan: Benjamin Watson. Being a Ravens fan I wanted to see him do well on the field, but his charitable works off the field are what make him my favorite players in the NFL.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

Nolan: Neil deGrasse Tyson. I feel like he knows basically everything there is to know about the universe, and I’d love to get the chance to ask him some questions.

What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?

Nolan: Last season (2017) we got to play in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stadium (Raymond James Stadium) when we traveled to play USF. Large crowd, speakers that shook the stadium, and a giant pirate ship in the background; what’s not to love?

HOT SEAT QUESTIONS

What is your perfect pizza?

Nolan: Pepperoni, bacon, and jalapenos

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Nolan: High on Life- Martin Garrix; Waiting for Love- Avicii, Marshmello; Dreaming- Smallpools, Chainsmokers.

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

Nolan: Chick-fil-A

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

Nolan: Manchester United

What is the most used app on your phone?

Nolan: Snapchat

No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?

Nolan: Finish my masters degree

 

Notre Dame Chapter leader and safety Christopher Schilling is the latest college football student-athlete featured in our Beyond The Trophy series


SCHILLINGEach 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: Christopher Schilling

College: University of Notre Dame

Height, weight, class, position: 5-11, 212-pound junior safety

High School: St. Thomas Aquinas, Overland Park, Kansas

About Schilling: Came to Notre Dame as a highly decorated high school player from Kansas, earning several all-league and All-State honors. … Leader of the Notre Dame Chapter of Uplifting Athletes for two seasons and has developed a passion for the Rare Disease Community and the cause. … Spent first two seasons on the practice squad without dressing for any games. Is on the 2018 roster and has dressed for the Fighting Irish this season.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

Schilling: My most memorable experience thus far was beating the brakes off of USC in 2017. It was a hyped up matchup as it always is, and it felt great to beat a rival 49-14.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

Schilling: I participated in our bowling experience with our rare disease community and not only saw how much of an impact we had on these patients, but had a lot of fun doing it. I wanted my involvement with the rare disease community to be more than that one day a year.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

Schilling: My experience has shown me what it is to be a true friend or family member. Through my experiences with our Rare Disease Community I’ve seen the unconditional love of parents and friends, many of whom have a full-time job as a caregiver. There are many amazing families I’ve witnessed, especially at our bowling event. My experience has also made me more appreciative of what a blessing it is to play football.

As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?

Schilling: Our player walk is amazing. No matter the weather, no matter the opponent, we have thousands of people line our path from our facility to the stadium. It starts with seeing friends and family, we pass the band, and then walk past Touchdown Jesus surrounded by thousands of fans. As someone who used to love watching the walk as a kid, it’s awesome to be a part of it now.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Schilling: Eric Berry. He’s an all-pro safety but has had a path that is far from easy. He came back from Cancer and had his best season yet. He ruptured his Achilles and came back again. The guy doesn’t quit. In addition, he does a lot of great work with Cancer patients in Kansas City.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

Schilling: I would have lunch with Tiger Woods. I’d love to hear about his incredible career and what his road was to get back to winning championships again. I would like to hear about his mindset as a competitor. I’m also in desperate need of some golf tips so maybe we could eat at Top Golf.

What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?

Schilling: My favorite road stadium is without a doubt, Miami.  People were throwing stuff at our buses (even broke a window). It was an awesome environment to be in and Hard Rock Stadium was beautiful.

HOT SEAT QUESTIONS

 

What is your perfect pizza?

Schilling: Classic pepperoni

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Schilling: Berenstein – The Band Camino; Vacation – Dirty Heads; Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

Schilling: Chipotle

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

Schilling: Kansas City Chiefs

What is the most used app on your phone?

Schilling: Snapchat

No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?

Schilling: Build a career in Venture Capital.