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Beyond The Trophy: Joe Spencer, University of Illinois

University of Illinois
Beyond The Trophy: Joe Spencer, University of Illinois

Name: Joe Spencer College: University of Illinois Height, weight, class, position: 6-4, 300, sophomore, offensive line High School: Mason, Ohio About Joe Spencer: Came to the Illini from Ohio after a…

Colgate Prepared for First Game vs. Ball State

Colgate University
Colgate Prepared for First Game vs. Ball State

We touched down in Muncie, Indiana just after noon today. From the airport we bussed to Scheumann Stadium for a flawless Friday practice. We are currently relaxing in the hotel awaiting meetings and d…

Barth syndrome is another rare disease that affects children

Barth syndrome is another rare disease that affects children

Uplifting Athletes supports the larger rare disease community in addition to the rare diseases our 25 student-athletes led chapters champion. We welcome any rare disease organization to share their st…

Surviving the second GORUCK Challenge in Harrisburg

Surviving the second GORUCK Challenge in Harrisburg

My name is Amy Ladas, I’m 36 years young, and I currently live in Harrisburg, Pa. I love anything that challenges me and forces me outside of my comfort zone… intellectually, emotionally,…

A “Rare” Perspective on the #IceBucketChallenge

A “Rare” Perspective on the #IceBucketChallenge

Becky Mayes is the Chapter Manager for Uplifting Athletes, a national nonprofit which aligns college football with rare diseases. Every person has their opinion about the virality of the #IceBucketCha…

Colgate Football Update: 12 Days Until Kick-Off

Colgate Football Update: 12 Days Until Kick-Off

Your Raiders have been grinding through preseason practices for two weeks now – we continue to improve every day. My injury has allowed me to experience camp through a new perspective and I am e…

At the Intersection of Passion and Purpose

At the Intersection of Passion and Purpose

Stephanie Shirley, the wife of Uplifting Athletes Executive Director Scott Shirley, shares and enlightening and personal story about her passion for fitness has reached new levels and is now intersect…

A message from outgoing Colgate Chapter President Jimmy DeCicco

Colgate University
A message from outgoing Colgate Chapter President Jimmy DeCicco

I’d like to get you all caught up on the latest Colgate Football news, prior to the start of preseason camp on August 3rd. Defensive captain Mike Armiento proudly told me that there are close to…

Former Penn State DT Devon Still and Bengals aim to sack pediatric cancer

Penn State University
Former Penn State DT Devon Still and Bengals aim to sack pediatric cancer

Two months has felt like a lifetime in some respects for former Penn State and current Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still. Since he was told his 4-year-old daughter Leah has neuroblastoma…

GORUCK events evaporate individual mindset with powerful team building concepts

GORUCK events evaporate individual mindset with powerful team building concepts

Uplifting Athletes staff member Andy Shay wrote this first-hand account of his GORUCK experience last year when he was a sportswriter for PennLive/The Patriot-News. Coming full circle to the exact spo…