Tim Varga volunteered to step into a leadership role and serve as a chapter leader following the 2021 season. Tim attended the Leadership Development Conference and Young Investigator Draft in 2022 and is making sure the Panthers football program is using their platform as college football student athletes to serve and inspire hope in the Rare Disease Community.

“My roommate was the Eastern Illinois Chapter President, so it was just a natural fit for me to get involved. I’m learning that being a part of Uplifting Athletes provides us the opportunity to help so many people.”

Tim has been a starter on the defensive line his first season at EIU and following the 2021 campaign he was named second team All-Ohio Valley Conference after posting 48 total tackles and six tackles for loss in 11 games including tying for the team lead with four sacks.