Saint Francis

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 and lasting impact on their communities

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

Saint Francis Lift For Life 2018
$1,816.40 Amount Raised
2 Campaigns
Saint Francis Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018
$970.00 Amount Raised
Campaigns

News & Past Events

Posted on Monday November 05, 2018
In his second season in charge at Baylor, head coach Matt Ruhle declared the goal for this season was to become bowl eligible. The Bears were 1-11 a year ago and are in the midst of a massive program re-build. What might be considered normal preseason coach speak was exactly what Ruhle believed was possible […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday November 05, 2018
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: Nick Rinella College: Saint Francis University Height, weight, class, position: 5-foot-10, 200-pound, junior, safety High School: LaSalle College HS, Collegeville, Pa. About Rinella: Arrived at Saint Francis as a highly decorated high […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday November 05, 2018
Saint Francis junior Nick Rinella went old-school football to help the Red Flash post a victory – putting on a Chuck Bednarik type display by doing a little bit of everything. Rinella had a huge impact in all three phases for Saint Francis at home against Bryant by leading the Red Flash in rushing yards, […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Wednesday October 31, 2018
Congratulations to Penn State Uplifting Athletes Chapter Leader Trace McSorley on being named a finalist for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, which annually recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced 13 finalists, who will each receive an $18,000 […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Wednesday October 31, 2018
For the participating members of our nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters, touchdowns during the month of October meant more than six points on the board. Each touchdown provided support to the Rare Disease Community. The Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018 month-long campaign took place on 15 university campuses. Clemson, Colgate, Davidson, Fordham, Illinois, […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday October 29, 2018
On the heels of beating fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter NC State for the first time in five outings, the Syracuse Orange are nationally ranked for the first time in 17 years. Syracuse, last ranked in the Top 25 at the end of the 2001 season when the Orange went 10-3 overall, enter the 2018 polls […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday October 01, 2018
Undefeated Notre Dame has already handed out a pair of losses to teams ranked inside the top 20 in the country. The No. 6 ranked Fighting Irish used a rock-solid defensive effort to hand previous No. 7 ranked Stanford its first loss of the season. Notre Dame’s defense limited the Cardinal to 229 total yards […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018
Uplifting Athletes is pleased to announce that every touchdown scored throughout October by members of our nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters will help support the Rare Disease Community. Clemson, Davidson, Fordham, Illinois, Lehigh, NC State, Penn, Penn State, Saint Francis, Stony Brook, Syracuse and Western Michigan, chapters have each committed to help […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday September 10, 2018
Suffering from a bit of a hangover after pulling off an upset of Texas in its opener, Maryland found itself on the road and trailing Bowling Green at halftime. The Terps had little trouble moving the ball in the opening two quarters, but a plethora of penalties stalled Maryland drives and kept the offense from […] Continue Reading »

Chapter Leadership

Chapter Leaders

Mike Ames President

#WeTackleRare

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 17:05
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SWIPE LEFT to see the 11th annual Rare Disease Champion Finalists! We are proud to share our finalist and their amazing rare disease journeys. Winner announced December 6th! 🏆💪🏈 VOTE at upliftingathletes.org/vote #WeTackleRare . . . Finalist: Antwan Dixon - Kent State Joshua Eargle -Austin Peay Sam Heckel - Syracuse Nick Allegretti - Illinois Ryan Beecher - Stanford #collegefootball #raredisease #awareness #collegefootballplayoff #cfp #UpliftingAthletes #rarediseasechampion #college #football #rare #champions #research #leadership #syracuse #Illinois #kentstate #AustinPeay #standford #leadershipdevelopment #AplasticAnemia #TTP #ThromboticThrombocytopenicPurpura #NonHodgkins #LargeTCell #Lymphoma #rarecancer #rareblooddisorders #btsm #mondaymotivation
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Wed, 10/31/2018 - 18:45
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Congratulations to Penn State Uplifting Athletes Chapter Leader Trace McSorley on being named a finalist for the Campbell Trophy which annually recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Good luck to Trace and the 12 other finalist, especially Ryan Finley (NC State), Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame), Christian Wilkins (Clemson) who have participated in Uplifting Athletes chapter events at their respective schools. #wetacklerare
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Wed, 10/24/2018 - 23:53
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So glad the @upliftingathletes team was able to catch up with our 2018 Young Investigator Draft Grant Recipient Emily Lowry at the @projectals 20th anniversary event! #WeTackleRare
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Mon, 10/22/2018 - 21:30
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Congrats to the Week 8 Rare Performance of the week winner @__18shots for his effort in the @pennstatefball win against Indiana. #wetacklerare
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Sat, 10/20/2018 - 15:25
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Good luck to all of our chapter schools who are competing to make a difference off the field with every touchdown scored in the month of October! #wetacklerare ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ 📷 cred: si.com chicagotribune.com stonybrooksathletics.com goprincetontigers.com wmubroncos.com lehighsports.com fordhamsports.com pennlive.com AP Keith Srakocic davidsonwildcats.com
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Fri, 10/19/2018 - 15:39
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Uplifting Athletes Chapters are on 🔥this October. Through the first two weeks of Touchdown Pledge Drive here is a snapshot of the great work being done across college football. Shout out to @illinifootball @pennstatefball and @wmu_football for leading the way so far!
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Sat, 10/13/2018 - 14:28
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Uplifting Athletes chapters are on a mission to inspire this Saturday! Every touchdown scored today by our participating chapters means more support for those suffering from #rarediseases. Find your favorite football team at the link in our bio and support the cause today! #wetacklerare ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ 📸 cred: si.com sportspagemagazine.com davidsonwildcats.com fightingillini.com goprincetontigers.com gopsusports.com mcall.com news.fordham.edu penntoday.upenn.edu gocolgateraiders.com
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Sat, 10/06/2018 - 23:18
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Congrats to the @bufootball Chapter on the victory at home against Kansas State today! It was exciting to witness the go ahead last second field goal in person, thanks for having us out to Waco! #wetacklerare
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Fri, 10/05/2018 - 21:59
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Good luck to our chapter schools that kick of their Touchdown Pledge Drive campaigns this weekend. This October every score means more! #wetacklerare
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