Illinois

Uplifting Athletes Programs

Leverage public interest to cultivate resources that accelerate scientific advancements for rare diseases

Develops social influencers into leaders that make a positive impact on the rare disease community

Uplifting Leaders

Shares the platform of sport with the rare disease cause and raises it as a national priority

Creates special moments that enrich the lives of rare disease patients and their loved ones

Uplifting Experiences

Fundraising Initiatives

Illinois Lift For Life 2019
$5,115.00 Amount Raised
4 Campaigns
Illinois Touchdown Pledge Drive 2019
$575.00 Amount Raised
Campaigns

News & Past Events

Posted on Monday November 11, 2019
With a flair for the dramatic, Illinois became bowl eligible for the first time since 2014 with an improbable come-from-behind victory at Michigan State. The Illini trailed 28-3 in the second quarter and 31-10 entering the fourth quarter.  In the end, Quarterback Brandon Peters threw a 5-yard touchdown to Daniel Barker with five seconds remaining […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday November 04, 2019
On a milestone day, where Penn played the 1,400th game in program history, the Quakers first Ivy League victory of the season came in dramatic fashion at Franklin Field. Sophomore kicker Daniel Karrash made his first collegiate field goal attempt a memorable one, as the Philadelphia native drilled a 22-yard kick with two seconds remaining […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday October 28, 2019
Stony Brook roared back from an 18-point halftime deficit capped by kicker Nick Courtney’s 22-yard field goal as time expired to upset FCS No. 5 ranked Villanova. The road victory marks the second time in program history the Seawolves beat a team ranked in the Top 5. Stony Brook defeated No. 2 Richmond in 2016. […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday October 21, 2019
In the past 44 years, Illinois has played 20-plus point favorites 15 times at Memorial Stadium with zero upset victories. That streak ended on Saturday against Wisconsin. The 31-point underdog Fighting Illini pulled off the biggest upset in college football this season by knocking No. 6 Wisconsin from the ranks of the unbeaten. Junior kicker […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Wednesday September 25, 2019
Every touchdown scored during the month of October by participating members of the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters will help support the Rare Disease Community. Uplifting Athletes chapters are run by college football student-athletes. So, for fans, this is a great way to support the players on your favorite team […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday September 09, 2019
Maryland is off to a 2-0 start, and the Terrapins offense is setting plenty of school records in the process. The opening victory over Howard, where the Terps scored 79 points, was no surprise at all. But following that up with 63 against previously ranked Syracuse turned plenty of heads in Week 2 of the […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Thursday September 05, 2019
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: Bobby Walker College: University of Illinois Height, weight, class, position: 6-4, 240-pound, senior, tight end High School: Loyola Academy in Golf, Ill. About Bobby: A former walk-on who […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Tuesday September 03, 2019
Terrell Johnson hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass with 77 seconds remaining and Trevor Thompson nailed the extra point to help Saint Francis win its season opener in come-from-behind fashion on the road at Lehigh by a point. The Red Flash victory wasn’t without plenty of late drama, though. Lehigh moved the ball down the […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Friday August 09, 2019
Over the course of five months, earlier this year, a record 21 members of the Uplifting Athletes’ chapter network held our signature event, Lift For Life, to raise awareness and funds in support of the Rare Disease Community. Lift For Life 2019 was conducted in two phases. It started in Philadelphia with Penn on February […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Thursday August 01, 2019
Phase 2 of Uplifting Athletes’ network of chapters Lift For Life season was culminated with Rare Road Trip 2019. In the spring, seven of our chapters held these signature events to support our mission to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport. Those seven schools set the table for the […] Continue Reading »

Chapter Leadership

Chapter Leaders

Bobby Walker President

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