About Baylor University Uplifting Athletes
Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit that uses college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.
Our network of college football student-athlete led university chapters nationwide help bring the vision of Uplifting Athletes to life; which is to empower people to take action against rare diseases and inspires the medical community to find cures.
Each Uplifting Athletes Chapter has its own unique rare disease inspiration, but also works as a teammate for the rare disease community to help inspire others with hope through the power of sport.
College football players at each university chapter hold special events, fundraising campaigns and awareness drives to shine a spotlight on rare diseases and raise funds for Uplifting Athletes to benefit the rare disease community.
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 Baylor Chapter helps educate the local community and can also provide individual patients with a life changing experience.
The Baylor Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2014 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Baylor Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of Jacoby Burks, a young man in Waco who battles Cerebral palsy.
Former Baylor wide receiver Levi Norwood had a relationship with Burks that went back to high school and committed to use his platform as a college football player to share their story on another level. The rest of his Baylor teammates joined in supporting Norwood and adopted Burks and his family as part of the Bears program.
Thanks for helping the Baylor Chapter of Uplifting Athletes tackle rare diseases. Together…We Are…Stronger!