Blake Austin volunteered to step into a leadership role and serve as a chapter leader following the 2021 season. He attended the Leadership Development Conference and Young Investigator Draft in 2022 to prepare for the upcoming year. Blake will play a key and instrumental role moving forward in helping the East Tennessee State Chapter continue its mission to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope.

Blake became a starter late in his second season at ETSU and last year ,during his third year, became the No. 1 left guard on the depth chart for a team that finished 11-2, won a conference championship and posted an FCS playoff game victory.