PSU Uplifting Athletes ready for Lift for Life


The annual “Lift for Life,” the signature event of the Penn State Uplifting Athletes chapter is set for Saturday, June 30 at Holuba Hall starting at 11 a.m.

The 16th Annual Penn State Lift for Life will again feature the Nittany Lion offense taking on the defense in a series of competitions to benefit rare diseases through the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes.

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for kids to support the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. All proceeds from the Penn State Lift for Life will benefit the rare disease community.

The football team will also conduct a kids clinic from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost to participate in the clinic is $15 per child. The participants also will receive a Lift for Life T-shirt.

More than 80 football squad members are expected participate in the Penn State Lift for Life and will be available for an autograph session immediately after the event in Holuba Hall. This year’s Penn State Football poster will be available, while supplies last.

All proceeds from the Penn State Chapter 15th annual Lift For Life supports Uplifting Athletes and its commitment to life skills development, patient-focused programs and rare disease research.

The Penn State Uplifting Athletes Chapter also announced offensive linemen Ryan Bates and Steven Gonzlaez will serve as co-presidents. The 2018 Uplifting Athletes officers are: quarterback Trace McSorley, vice president; offensive lineman CJ Thorpe, business liaison; punter Blake Gillikin, treasurer; offensive lineman Alex Gellerstedt, assistant treasurer; offensive lineman Connor McGovern, secretary; linebacker Frank DiLeo, assistant secretary. The executive committee is comprised of: quarterbacks Sean Clifford, Michael Shuster and Jake Zembiec, safety Garrett Taylor, wide receiver Juwan Johnson, offensive linemen Charlie Shuman, Will Fries and Michal Menet and linebacker Jason Vranic.

About Uplifting Athletes: A nonprofit organization founded in 2007, Uplifting Athletes inspires the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport. A rare disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans and typically lacks financial incentive to make and market new treatments. With a network of university chapters run by current college football student-athletes, Uplifting Athletes has established 22 chapters with Division I football programs across the country. Overall since its inception Uplifting Athletes has had an economic impact of more than $400 million on the rare disease community. For more information about Uplifting Athletes, visit

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