Rare Disease Awareness

Rare Disease Champion
Rare Disease Awareness Games
Rare Disease Champion

 

The Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion is given annually to a leader in college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community.

An awareness campaign powered by Uplifting Athletes, the Rare Disease Champion is determined by college football fans and the rare disease community through online voting. The award is presented to the winner at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala in Atlantic City, NJ, and celebrated at Uplifting Athletes’ Young Investigator Draft in Philadelphia, PA.

Sculpted by world-renowned artist Brian Hanlon, the Rare Disease Champion trophy is in the likeness of Mark Herzlich, the former Boston College and current New York Giants linebacker who provided the inspiration for the award after overcoming a life-threatening battle with the rare disease Ewing’s sarcoma in 2009.

Learn more here.

Rare Disease Awareness Games

Every year during spring scrimmages and regular season games, university chapters plan numerous activities to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport. Some of our favorite examples include Uplifting Athletes branded footballs, helmet stickers, jersey patches, wristbands, and promotional videos!

 

Uplifting Athletes branded football

News

Posted on Thursday July 11, 2019
The Illinois Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Wednesday, July 24th. Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Illinois Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Illinois is a part of Uplifting Athletes’ nationwide network of chapters led by college football student-athletes. Each […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Wednesday July 10, 2019
The Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Friday, July 19th. Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Maryland is a part of Uplifting Athletes’ nationwide network of chapters led by college football student-athletes. Each […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Tuesday July 09, 2019
The Colgate Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Friday, July 19th. Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Colgate Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Colgate is a part of Uplifting Athletes’ nationwide network of chapters led by college football student-athletes. Each […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Tuesday July 09, 2019
The Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Thursday, July 18th inside Manley Field House starting at 5:00 p.m. The event is open to the public. Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Syracuse is […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday July 08, 2019
The Notre Dame Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Friday, July 19th. Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Notre Dame Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Notre Dame is a part of Uplifting Athletes’ nationwide network of chapters led by college […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday July 08, 2019
The Clemson Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Monday, July 15th. Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Clemson Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Clemson is a part of Uplifting Athletes’ nationwide network of chapters led by college football student-athletes. Each […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Wednesday July 03, 2019
An important part of the Notre Dame Chapter heritage is the annual bowling event the Fighting Irish started in 2014. This past weekend the Notre Dame Chapter used its event at the Strikes & Spares Event Center in Mishawaka, Indiana to host an Uplifting Experience for rare disease patients, families and caregivers. More than 100 […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Tuesday July 02, 2019
Uplifting Athletes is pleased to have Kent State University join the nationwide network of chapters led by college football student-athletes. Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes by using college football as a platform to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport. Today, the challenges faced by the Rare […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday June 17, 2019
The Western Michigan Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its inaugural Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Friday, June 28. Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Western Michigan University Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. WMU is a part of Uplifting Athletes’ nationwide network of chapters led by college […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday June 17, 2019
Rob Long became the second Executive Director of Uplifting Athletes at the end of 2018. Prior to taking over as the Executive Director, Long served as Uplifting Athletes’ Director of Rare Disease Engagement for nearly two years. Rob has a steadfast commitment and connection to the Rare Disease Community as a rare brain cancer survivor […] Continue Reading »