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.”