Joe Spivak joined the leadership team of Northwestern’s Uplifting Athletes’ Chapter in 2018, serving as the chapter Vice President in 2019. Joe attended the 2019 Leadership Development Conference and became passionate about the rare disease cause. He helped guide the Northwestern Chapter to successful Lift for Life events in 2019 and 2021. For his passionate work engaging with the rare disease patient community and his commitment to the cause, Joe was named to the 2020 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Team.

”I love football… but even more than that, I love the relationships that football has brought into my life. I believe that Uplifting Athletes is extending these unbreakable bonds into a community that needs them more than ever,” Northwestern Chapter Vice President Joe Spivak said. “I think most of the guys all agree that the money we raise is awesome, but to be able to serve as an example and extension of FAMILY to these families is what is really awesome! Uplifting Athletes brings us all together on the same team.”

The defensive tackle saw action as a true freshman in 2017, appeared in 22 games the next two seasons as a back-up before becoming a starter the second game of the 2020 season during the Wildcats’ run to the Big Ten West title.

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