Rare Disease Awareness

Rare Disease Awareness Games
Rare Disease Champion
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

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.

News

Posted on Monday November 12, 2018
The Northwestern Wildcats are the 2018 Big Ten West champions and are headed to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game next month. Northwestern took care of its business by coming from behind to bump off Iowa on the road, then Purdue and Wisconsin both lost to give the Wildcats their first Big Ten division […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday November 12, 2018
Uplifting Athletes is pleased to announce that five finalists have been chosen for the 11th Rare Disease Champion Award winner. The Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award, part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), is given annually to a leader in college football who has realized his or her potential to make a […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday November 12, 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: Steven Farrell College: University of Pennsylvania Height, weight, class, position: 6-foot-4, 205-pound, senior, wide receiver High School: Pasack Valley HS in Hillsdale, New Jersey About Farrell: A two-sport standout coming out of […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday November 12, 2018
Eventually it was going to end, even the Colgate players and defensive coaches talked last week privately about the consecutive game touchdown streak for the Raiders defense ending. The historic streak, mentioned on ESPN’s College Gameday on Saturday before Colgate visited Lehigh, officially came to a close for the undefeated and No. 8 ranked Raiders […] Continue Reading »
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 »