Rare Disease Awareness

Rare Disease Champion

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

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 December 12, 2019
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: Triston Fairchild College: Colgate University Height, weight, class, position: 5-10, 205-pound, senior, running back High School: Papillion Lavista South in Papillion, Neb. About Triston: For three years Triston […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Thursday December 12, 2019
Uplifting Athletes is pleased to announce the 2019 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Team. For 12 years, Uplifting Athletes has recognized a Rare Disease Champion. Starting in 2019, the focus of the Rare Disease Champion Award shifts from highlighting an individual leader in college football to a team concept that provides an opportunity to recognize […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday December 09, 2019
Defending National Champion Clemson became the first team in college football history to win five consecutive conference championships when it overpowered Virginia in the ACC Championship game. The Tigers extended their nation-best winning streak to 28 games and have now won 19 ACC championships and 25 overall championships in Clemson program history. Led by quarterback […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Thursday December 05, 2019
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: Will Spiers College: Clemson University Height, weight, class, position: 6-5, 225-pound, redshirt junior, punter High School: Calhoun Academy in Cameron, S.C. About Will: The former walk-on who played […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Wednesday December 04, 2019
Uplifting Athletes is excited to welcome Levi Norwood to our team in the role of Chapter Success Manager. Levi is a former student-athlete at Baylor where he played football and basketball. During his time at Baylor he was inspired by a high school classmate battling Cerebral Palsy and, in early 2014, founded the Baylor Uplifting […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday December 02, 2019
Penn State won for the 10th consecutive time at Beaver Stadium and, in the process of upending Rutgers on Senior Day, the Nittany Lions tied a double-digit victory standard for the program. For the third time in four years Penn State has won at least 10 games. It marks the first time the Nittany Lions […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday December 02, 2019
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: DeCalon Brooks College: Florida State University Height, weight, class, position: 5-10, 209-pound, redshirt sophomore, linebacker High School: Gaither High School in Tampa, Fla. About DeCalon: Became an impact […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday November 25, 2019
Princeton needed a lot of help to get a share of the 2019 Ivy League crown. All the Tigers could control in the scenario was get a victory over Penn at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Led by 172 rushing yards from RB Collin Eaddy and a defense that blanked the Quakers over the final […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Thursday November 21, 2019
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: Zach Lucas College: Stony Brook University Height, weight, class, position: 6-4, 240-pound, redshirt senior, tight end High School: Old Tappan High School, Northvale, N.J. About Zach: Each of […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday November 18, 2019
Behind a breakout performance from true freshman running back Evan Hull, Northwestern won its second game of the season by rolling up 45 points against UMass. Hull, making his first start of the season, rushed for 220 yards and tied the single-game program record with four touchdowns on the ground. He became the first Wildcat […] Continue Reading »