University of Nebraska Football
University of Nebraska Football

About University of Nebraska Uplifting Athletes

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After Jack Hoffman ran 69 yards for a touchdown in the Nebraska spring football game recently, the video of his memorable run grabbed national headlines and is approaching 7.5 million views on YouTube. "Team Jack" and Uplifting Athletes are teammates in Jack's fight against pediatric brain cancer.

Together we are working to raise funds and awareness to battle this rare disease by selling Team Jack T-Shirts. You can purchase one of these T-Shirts by visiting the Uplifting Athletes Store.

Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases. Each campus chapter is run by football student-athletes and works to elevate its chosen rare disease as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

Our network of university chapters brings the mission of Uplifting Athletes to life.

As part of our outreach program, each university chapter is run by current football student-athletes and adopts a rare disease that has personal meaning to their team. These rare diseases affect less than 200,000 Americans and consequently little attention is paid to them.

College football players in each university chapter hold special events, fundraising campaigns or awareness drives to attract fans and media, making their chosen rare disease more popular and generating new money for research.

The Nebraska chapter of Uplifting Athletes raises money and awareness for pediatric brain cancer. They selected this rare disease based on an inspirational relationship between Huskers running back Rex Burkhead – the 2012 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion – and Jack Hoffman, a 6-year-old who suffers from their chosen disease.