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VIDEO: 2013 Uplifting Athletes Lift For Life Preview

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For the past 10 years, Uplifting Athletes, a Penn State Football player-run group, has worked together to lead the fight against kidney cancer.

To date, the group has raised more than $700,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association since the first Lift For Life in 2003.  A staple on the summer calendar, Uplifting Athletes hosts Lift For Life, a grueling test of physical and mental strength, to benefit of kidney cancer.

Founded by Penn State Football teammates Scott Shirley, Dave Costlow and Damone Jones in 2003, Uplifting Athletes is currently led by senior guard Eric Shrive.  Shrive's group of volunteers are in the final stages of preparation for the 11th Annual Penn State Lift for Life.

This year's event will take place on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Penn State Lacrosse Field (located next to the Multisport Building).  Like last year, the 2013 Lift For Life will pit the offense against the defense in six different activities.

The offensive line will battle against the defensive line (Tanks), the quarterbacks, tight ends and kickers will compete against the linebackers and the running backs (Bombers) and wide receivers are set to battle against the defensive backs (Jets).  Points will be awarded for each of the six events with the winner decided by the highest cumulative total between the offense and defense.

As the points come in from each event, fans will see updates throughout the evening.  Strength coach Craig Fitzgerald, who will lead the challenging workout, is encouraging the fans to rally behind groups and individual players to help push for more competition while the squads battle to determine a winner.

The list of events includes:
- Sled Pull to Push
- Sand Bag Stack It
- Sand Keg Carry
- Obstacle Course
- Dominators (60-yard shuttle)
- Tug of War (Contested in the middle of the field after all other events are completed)

We recently caught up with Shrive as the Uplifting Athletes group reaches its final days of preparation for Friday's event.  Take a look.

To donate to Lift For Life, please visit the team's donation page on

Follow's Tony Mancuso on Twitter @GoPSUTony

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