Uplifting Stories Archive

  • Monday, Jan 07, 2013

    Coming off his sophomore season, Oklahoma offensive lineman Austin Woods was anxious to get back on the field this season.

    Spring practices and workouts were underway and Woods was ready. Admittedly, while he was feeling fine, he had a persistent sore throat and swollen glands. It didn’t hold him back, but when the symptoms didn’t go away, he decided to get checked out by the team...

  • Monday, Jan 07, 2013

    Often times the new kid on a college campus will join an organization to get involved and meet new people.

    Penn State’s Eric Shrive wanted to do that and make difference, which is why he got involved with Uplifting Athletes.

    The Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athlete was started in 2003 and raises money for kidney cancer awareness and research. In 10 years, the chapter has raised...

  • Monday, Jan 07, 2013

    Sometimes life’s biggest lessons are learned when one least expects it.

    Fordham’s Andrew Milmore had heard about Uplifting Athletes through team roommates. The senior offensive lineman thought working with the organization might be a good way to bring together the team.

    The idea was, with his roommates’ help, to start a new chapter at Fordham and raise awareness for a rare disease...

  • Monday, Jan 07, 2013

    It was supposed to be a textbook childhood.

    Navy’s Chris Ferguson was a typical 8-year-old – active and full of life. But super active doesn’t always mean super attentive.

    It was not overly surprising for the 8-year-old to be late to the breakfast table. The problem was Chris says, he wasn’t able to walk, or move for that matter, out of his bed one morning. It all happened that...

  • Monday, Jan 07, 2013

    It was supposed to be a typical pre-spring workout. Coming off his freshman year, Neiron Ball was upbeat about a new season. Ball had seen action in 13 games as a freshman and was eager to impress new head coach Will Muschamp. The sophomore linebacker from Georgia was ready to get back to work.

    But on this particular day in February 2011 there was nothing typical about his workout....