2017 Beyond The Trophy: Meet Northwestern University offensive lineman Tommy Doles


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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 series.

 Name: Tommy Doles

College: Northwestern University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-6, 280-pound redshirt junior offensive lineman

High School: Grand Rapids Christian, Grand Rapids, Michigan

About Doles: In his second season as starting right guard for the Wildcats after playing in all 13 games last year and earning All-Big Ten honorable mention honors. … President of the Northwestern Uplifting Athletes Chapter. … Father, Jack, is a sports broadcaster and comes from a long line of college student-athletes. His grandfather played basketball at DePaul, cousin played football at Iowa State and two aunts played Division I volleyball. … Won a Division 3 Michigan State Championship and was voted All-State his senior year of high school. … Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2016 who chose Northwestern over Michigan and the service academies.

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

Doles: Winning the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in 2016; we had worked so hard to get there, and played a great game in an amazing environment.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?

Doles: My Grandpa passed away during my freshman year of college after a four-year struggle with ALS. When I heard about an organization that was working to align college football with rare disease research, I knew I had to get involved. Uplifting Athletes has connected me with some wonderful people and allowed me to grow as a leader, all the while allowing me to use my platform as a college football player for a worthy cause.

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

Doles: Singing the fight song with the student section after a ‘Cats victory!

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Doles: Kirk Cousins – he is a West Michigander like me, and has remained humble and true to his values despite his success. I was inspired by his book ‘Game Changer’ and have sought to follow his example of using the platform of college football for something worthwhile.

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

Doles: I’m a history nerd and an offensive lineman who likes lunch, so this is a tough one. I’d say Abraham Lincoln. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to hear a firsthand account of the most trying and formative time in our nation’s history from the man who was steering the ship?

What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?

Doles: Nebraska has a tremendous game day environment, and their fans are very classy. I did also enjoy playing at Michigan State, as I got to see quite a few high school friends after the game, even if they were wearing green!

In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football or big goals for the future?

Doles: I will continue to put my faith first (Matthew 16:26), and hope to be blessed with a family someday. Vocationally, I want to serve my country and act as a servant leader towards others, starting as an officer in the Army.

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What is your perfect pizza?

Doles: Chicago style deep dish, or course, with plenty of meat and cheese, and surrounded by family and teammates.

Last three songs you added to your playlist?

Doles: The theme song from Band of Brothers, Ever Be (Aaron Shust), and Get Down on It (Kool & the Gang). Eclectic, right?

Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus?
Doles: Lauren Daigle

If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be?

Doles: Matthew McConaughey, he’s an interesting guy

What was the last movie you went to the theater and saw?

Doles: Dunkirk – Wow!

In the mountains or on a beach?

Doles: Tough one considering the beaches in Pure Michigan, but mountains

What’s the last picture you took with your phone?

Doles: Running back and NU Uplifting Athletes Chapter Vice President Chad Hanaoka playing his ukulele in the stands of Ryan Field as the sun set on Chicago and training camp 2017

Penn State Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive Saturday against Georgia State


Penn State TDPD 2017The Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, led by co-Presidents Trace McSorley and Jason Cabinda, is counting on the Nittany Lions offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday, September 16 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 Penn State Chapter and all the members of the 2017 Nittany Lions squad is asking fans to support their efforts when Penn State welcomes Georgia State to Beaver Stadium by making a pledge through the Penn State Chapter online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

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

The proceeds from Touchdown Pledge Drive 2017 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 Penn State 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 Penn State Chapter, formed in 2003, is the charter Uplifting Athletes Chapter and served as the catalyst for what has become a nationwide movement. In 15 years the PSU Chapter has raised more than $1 million to support the rare disease community.

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

Syracuse Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive Saturday against Central Michigan


SYRACUSE TDPD 2017 GRAPHICThe Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, led by President Zack Mahoney, is counting on the Orange offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday, September 16 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 Syracuse Chapter and all the members of the 2017 Orange squad is asking fans to support their efforts when Syracuse welcomes Central Michigan to the Carrier Dome by making a pledge through the Syracuse Chapter online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

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

The proceeds from Touchdown Pledge Drive 2017 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 Syracuse 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.

Syracuse started tackling rare diseases in 2013 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of Rob Long, a former Orange punter and team captain.

The chapter also enjoys a endearing relationship with 8-year-old rare brain cancer patient Lillian Belfield and her family. Lillian’s attitude on life and her perseverance serve as an inspiration to the team and the Syracuse community.

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

Northwestern Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive Saturday against Bowling Green


Northwestern TDPD 2017 GRAPHICThe Northwestern Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, led by President Tommy Doles, is counting on the Wildcats offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday, September 16 for its 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive when Northwestern welcomes Bowling Green to Ryan Field.

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 student-athlete led Northwestern Chapter and all the members of the 2017 Wildcats squad is asking fans to support their efforts to make a difference in the rare disease community by making a pledge through the Northwestern Chapter online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

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

The proceeds from Touchdown Pledge Drive 2017 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 Northwestern 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.

When the Northwestern Chapter was formed in 2011, the Wildcats were inspired by former Northwestern and Notre Dame coach the late Ara Parseghian’s support of the rare disease Niemann-Pick Type C. More recently, the leaders of the chapter chose to use a personal relationship and added ALS as part of the motivation to support the rare disease community through Uplifting Athletes.

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

NC State Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive coming up Saturday against Furman


NC State TDPDThe NC State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, led by President Cole Cook, is counting on the Wolfpack offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday, September 16 for its 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive when NC State welcomes Furman to Carter-Finley.

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 NC State Chapter and all the members of the 2017 Wolfpack squad is asking fans to support their efforts to help the rare disease community by making a pledge through the NC State Chapter online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

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

The proceeds from Touchdown Pledge Drive 2017 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 NC State 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.

NC State started tackling rare diseases in 2011 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led NC State Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of former Wolfpack offensive coordinator Dana Bible, who battled the rare disease acute promyelocytic leukemia in 2009.

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

 

Princeton Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive coming up Saturday against San Diego


Princeton TDPD 2017The Princeton Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, led by President Kurt Holuba, is counting on the Tigers offense to put a few touchdowns on the board Saturday, September 16 for its 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive when Princeton welcomes San Diego to New Jersey.

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 student-athlete led Princeton Chapter and all the members of the 2017 Tigers squad is asking fans to support their efforts to support the rare disease community by making a pledge through the Princeton 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 Touchdown Pledge Drive 2017 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 Princeton 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 Princeton Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2011 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Princeton Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of Jordan Culbreath, a former Tigers running back.

Culbreath was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and battled through his rare disease diagnosis to return to the field and finish his playing career. His inspiring story of hope not only led his Princeton teammates to form a chapter, Culbreath was also honored as the 2011 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion.

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

Saint Francis Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive coming up Saturday against Towson


Saint Francis TDPD 2017The Saint Francis Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, led by President Mike Ames, is counting on the Red Flash offense to put a few touchdowns on the board September 16 for its 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive when Saint Francis welcomes Towson to DeGol Field.

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 Saint Francis Chapter and all the members of the 2017 Red Flash squad is asking fans to help in their efforts to support the rare disease community by making a pledge through the Saint Francis Chapter online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

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

The proceeds from Touchdown Pledge Drive 2017 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 Saint Francis 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 Saint Francis Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2012 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Saint Francis Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of the younger brother of former Red Flash wide receiver Jeff Wasilewski.

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