Penn State Chapter 15th annual Lift For Life in support of rare disease community set for July 15th inside Holuba Hall


PSU LFL 17 TWITTERThe annual Lift for Life, the signature event of the Penn State Uplifting Athletes chapter is set for Saturday, July 15 at Holuba Hall starting at 11 a.m.

The 15th Annual Penn State Lift for Life will again feature the Nittany Lion offense taking on the defense in a series of competitions to benefit rare diseases through the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. The competitions will include an obstacle course, sand bag stack, sled pull and push, shuttle run and finish with a tug of war.

The popular event will be held during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College and take place at Holuba Hall. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for kids to support the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. All proceeds from the Penn State Lift for Life will benefit the rare disease community.

The football team will also conduct a kids clinic from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost to participate in the clinic is $15 per child. The participants also will receive a Lift for Life T-shirt.

More than 80 football squad members are expected participate in the Penn State Lift for Life and will be available for an autograph session immediately after the event in Holuba Hall. This year’s Penn State Football poster will be available, while supplies last.

Fans can make a donation to the Penn State Chapter and Lift for Life by visiting the Penn State Chapter fundraising site or by sending a donation to Will Flaherty, Director of Player Development and Community Relations at 201 Lasch Football Building, University Park, Pa 16802.

All proceeds from the Penn State Chapter 15th annual Lift For Life supports Uplifting Athletes and its commitment to life skills development, patient focused programs and rare disease research.

The Penn State Uplifting Athletes Chapter also announced linebacker Jason Cabinda and quarterback Trace McSorley will serve as co-presidents. The 2017 Uplifting Athletes officers are: offensive lineman Andrew Nelson, vice president; offensive lineman Ryan Bates, secretary; former offensive lineman Tom Devenney, treasurer.

Notre Dame Chapter Community Bowling Event in support of rare disease community coming up on June 25th


ndbowling17dlsThe Notre Dame Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its Annual Community Bowling Event on Sunday, June 25th.

This will be the fourth consecutive year the Notre Dame Chapter hold this event to support its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

The Notre Dame Chapter bowling event will run from 10 a.m. until Noon at the Strikes & Spares Event Center in in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Each registrant will hit the lanes for an hour with three other registrants and two Notre Dame players. The cost for registration is $30 and includes personal interaction with the players and unique photo opportunities.

To register, fans can visit the Notre Dame Chapter registration page and sign-up today!

The proceeds from the Notre Dame Chapter Community Bowling Event support Uplifting Athletes and its commitment to life skills development, patient focused programs and rare disease research.

Even if fans don’t want to bowl, they are encouraged to come out and support the Notre Dame Chapter on Sunday, June 25th.

Spaces for this event are limited and registration spots are first come, first served! If you have any questions, please send an email to brett.brackett@upliftingathletes.org.

 

Annual Illinois Chapter Lift For Life in support of the rare disease community set for June 23rd


ILLINOIS GRAPHIC 17The Illinois Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the rare disease community on Friday, June 23rd at 8:00 a.m.

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 2017 Illinois Chapter Lift For Life pits eight teams comprised of Fighting Illini players competing to knock out as many bench press reps as possible in six minutes. Each team has a goal of 170-200 total reps during the allotted time.

Fans and supporters can make a pledge for every bench press rep a particular team records during the event. So find your favorite 2017 Fighting Illini player and support his team by visiting the Illinois Chapter Lift For Life fundraising page.

The proceeds from the Illinois Chapter annual Lift For Life supports Uplifting Athletes and its commitment to life skills development, patient focused programs and rare disease research.

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 Illinois Chapter began in 2011 and serves the rare disease community in honor of Andrew Carter, a former Illini offensive lineman who battled the rare disease acoustic neuroma. Carter is a rare disease survivor but, unfortunately, never played football again. He remains a strong supporter of the Illinois Chapter and his battle continues to serve as an inspiration for the Fighting Illini to serve the rare disease community.

Please support the Illinois Chapter and help the Fighting Illini reach their impressive $20,000 team Lift For Life goal.

Maryland Chapter annual Lift for Life in support of rare disease community set for June 23rd


MARYLAND IMAGELift 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.

Fans and supporters can make a donation to any one of the 10 Terrapin position groups by visiting their Lift For Life fundraising site. Simply find your favorite 2017 Maryland Terrapin player and support that team.

The proceeds from the Maryland Chapter annual Lift For Life support Uplifting Athletes and its commitment to life skills development, patient focused programs and rare disease research.

Today, the challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The Maryland Terrapins take pride in the opportunity to 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, Gunner, lives with the rare disease cystic fibrosis and his battle serves as the inspiration for Maryland to support the rare disease community.

Please support the Maryland Chapter and help the Terrapins reach their ambitious $12,000 team Lift For Life goal.

Annual Leadership Development Conference arms student-athlete chapter leaders with tools for success


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As Uplifting Athletes continues to evolve and expand its footprint as a champion of the rare disease community, our nationwide chapter network led by current college football student-athletes continues to be the rock of our foundation.

Educating and training these leaders on the mission and vision of Uplifting Athletes is critical to being able to use the power of sport to inspire the rare disease community with hope. We want to enable these student-athletes to have the biggest impact they can.

This past weekend in Philadelphia, 23 chapter leaders from 14 universities came together for Leadership Development Conference 2017.

Led by the Uplifting Athletes staff, the conference was three days of education, training and relationship building all centered around making a greater impact on the rare disease community.

“I wasn’t aware of how much Uplifting Athletes has done and is doing. The platform we have is such an opportunity,” said Christian Groomes, a chapter leader from Clemson. “It was cool to see all the opportunities we have to raise money and support rare diseases. I think we are going to be a hit at Clemson with some of the ideas we have now.”

Chapter leaders from Clemson, NC State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Syracuse, Illinois, Florida State, Maryland, Stony Brook, Penn and Saint Francis committed a weekend of their short offseason to attend the conference.

Included in the workshop sessions on Saturday and Sunday were an overview of Uplifting Athletes, a team building exercise, Lift For Life and Touchdown Pledge Drive event planning, transferable life skills development, communication and social media training, and an introduction to rare disease patient engagement through Uplifting Experiences.

There was also a breakout session hosted by Kristen Angell from the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD).

In between work sessions, the student-athletes were able to experience some of the unique sights of Philadelphia. There was a cheesesteak lunch in Logan Park followed by a trip to the Art Museum and the “Rocky Steps” for team pictures. Lunch on Sunday was outside the famous City Hall, and the players were free Saturday evening to explore the city and spend some off time together.

“It was a great experience overall. I learned a lot and it was great to get to know the guys from other schools,” Penn State Chapter leader Jason Cabinda said. “There was a lot I can take back to the rest of the guys and share that will help us going forward.”

 

Uplifting Athletes set to host 24 student-athlete chapter leaders for 2017 Leadership Development Conference


LDC 17 GRAPHICFor our eighth consecutive year, we will gather college football student-athletes that are current or future chapter leaders together for three days of education and training during the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference.

This year 24 current football players from 13 universities across the country will travel to Philadelphia on Friday, May 19 to kick off a busy weekend of engaging work sessions, networking and relationship building.

Chapter leaders from Clemson, NC State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Syracuse, Illinois, Florida State, Maryland, Stony Brook, Penn and Saint Francis will start the 2017 conference with a team meal Friday night prior to a full Saturday agenda.

The weekend agenda is driven by the Uplifting Athletes staff, but will also feature a breakout session focused on the rare disease community hosted by Kristen Angell from the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD).

Included in the workshop sessions on Saturday and Sunday are an overview of Uplifting Athletes, a team building exercise, Lift For Life and Touchdown Pledge Drive event planning, transferable life skills development, communication and social media training, and an introduction to rare disease patient engagement through Uplifting Experiences.

We are very excited to bring this group together to learn from each other, to strategize together and to foster the sense of teamwork that inspires us all.

 

Former Syracuse Chapter Vice President Eric Anthony honored for work with Uplifting Athletes


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Senior Eric Anthony was one of three Syracuse student-athletes who earned recognition recently at the 2017 Syracuse University 44 Stars of Excellence Awards Gala.

The former vice president of the Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes was honored for his demonstration of outstanding dedication and commitment to a student organization and its mission.

Anthony earned the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service Award for his commitment to the community.

In addition to his work with Uplifting Athletes, Anthony served as the 2016-17 Syracuse Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) vice president of community outreach. He earned undergraduate degrees in finance and real estate from the Whitman School of Management. At Syracuse, Anthony has helped spearhead the effort to raise more than $25,000 for children fighting rare diseases, delivered Easter baskets to children at Golisano Children’s Hospital and brought the Beads of Courage program to Syracuse Athletics. He also won the 2017 ACC Top 6 Service award.

On behalf of the rare disease community, Uplifting Athletes would like to congratulate Eric Anthony on winning this award and for inspiring others with hope through the power of sport.