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 Monday November 11, 2019
With a flair for the dramatic, Illinois became bowl eligible for the first time since 2014 with an improbable come-from-behind victory at Michigan State. The Illini trailed 28-3 in the second quarter and 31-10 entering the fourth quarter.  In the end, Quarterback Brandon Peters threw a 5-yard touchdown to Daniel Barker with five seconds remaining […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Saturday November 09, 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: Brock Wright College: University of Notre Dame Height, weight, class, position: 6-5, 246-pound, junior, tight end High School: Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas About Brock: The native […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday November 04, 2019
On a milestone day, where Penn played the 1,400th game in program history, the Quakers first Ivy League victory of the season came in dramatic fashion at Franklin Field. Sophomore kicker Daniel Karrash made his first collegiate field goal attempt a memorable one, as the Philadelphia native drilled a 22-yard kick with two seconds remaining […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Thursday October 31, 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: Chris Stoll College: Penn State University Height, weight, class, position: 6-2, 245-pound, sophomore, long snapper High School: St. Francis DeSales, Westerville, Ohio About Chris: Took over the full-time […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday October 28, 2019
Stony Brook roared back from an 18-point halftime deficit capped by kicker Nick Courtney’s 22-yard field goal as time expired to upset FCS No. 5 ranked Villanova. The road victory marks the second time in program history the Seawolves beat a team ranked in the Top 5. Stony Brook defeated No. 2 Richmond in 2016. […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Thursday October 24, 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: Antwan Dixon College: Kent State University Height, weight, class, position: 5-8, 178-pound, senior, wide receiver High School: South Fort Myers in Fort Myers, Fla. About Antwan: Right away […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday October 21, 2019
In the past 44 years, Illinois has played 20-plus point favorites 15 times at Memorial Stadium with zero upset victories. That streak ended on Saturday against Wisconsin. The 31-point underdog Fighting Illini pulled off the biggest upset in college football this season by knocking No. 6 Wisconsin from the ranks of the unbeaten. Junior kicker […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Thursday October 17, 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: Divine Buckrham College: Lehigh University Height, weight, class, position: 6-0, 185-pound, junior, defensive back High School: Kiski School in Queens, N.Y. About Divine: A player who contributed the […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Monday October 14, 2019
Down to its last gasp, Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorant hit Fotis Kokosioulis on a fourth-down touchdown pass from 17 yards out with 16 seconds remaining to cap a thrilling come-from-behind Patriot League victory at Georgetown. Fordham was on the cusp of losing its second game this season by a single score when DeMorant was picked […] Continue Reading »
Posted on Thursday October 10, 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: Nolan Cooney College: Syracuse University Height, weight, class, position: 6-3, 201-pound, redshirt junior, punter/placekicker High School: East Greenwich High School, East Greenwich, R.I. About Nolan: Shortly after arriving […] Continue Reading »