Uplifting Experiences

Hospital Visits
Uplifting Athletes Bowl(ing)
Hospital Visits

Student-athlete leaders from Uplifting Athletes chapters visit local hospitals to inspire patients with hope. We also participate in the NIH Rare Disease Day every February.

Uplifting Athletes Bowl(ing)

Notre Dame Chapter hosting the inaugural "Uplifting Athletes Bowl" in 2014 and it has become a highly anticipated event for players and rare disease patients alike.

In 2018, more than 50 people signed up including rare disease patients, parents, caregiver, and siblings. They all enjoyed two hours on the lanes with more than 20 members of the 2018 Notre Dame football team.

“Thanks again for inviting us to the bowling event. Both of our boys had so much fun,” one parent said. “When we left, (our son’s) little brother said, ‘I play ball with the big boys’. We really enjoyed it and are so grateful to be a part of this type of community.”

The event was free of charge and was opened up to any and all rare disease patients and their families in the South Bend area.

“It was great to see how happy the kids were and how great the players were with the kids,” said Uplifting Athletes Director Rare Disease Engagement Rob Long, who attended the event. “A bowling event like this a perfect Uplifting Experience and benefits everybody involved.”


Posted on Tuesday October 23, 2018
  Uplifting Athletes hosted Roberta Smith and her daughters for an Uplifting Experience at the August 31st Rare Disease Awareness Game between Syracuse and Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We were fortunate enough to learn Roberta’s Rare Disease story and we are honored to provide the platform for Roberta to share her story. By Roberta […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Thursday August 30, 2018
Uplifting Athletes is proud to announce that the Western Michigan and Syracuse football programs have joined forces for their upcoming 2018 season opener to shine a spotlight on the Rare Disease Community. The chapter leaders from each school, with the support of both universities, worked together to make the match-up between the Broncos and Orange […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Wednesday June 27, 2018
An important part of the heritage of our Notre Dame Chapter is a bowling event they began in 2014. The event was the main fundraiser instead of a Lift For Life event. Now that the Fighting Irish are able to hold a Lift For Life, the bowling event took on a new and exciting new […] Continue Reading »