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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The annual “Lift for Life,” the signature event of the Penn State Uplifting Athletes chapter is set for Saturday, July 15 at Holuba Hall starting at 11 a.m.
The 15th 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. The competitions will include an obstacle course, sand bag stack, sled pull and push, shuttle run and finish with a tug of war.
The popular event will be held during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College and take place at Holuba Hall. 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.
Fans can make a donation to the Penn State Chapter and Lift for Life by visiting the Penn State Chapter fundraising site at pledgeit.org/team/psu-lift-for-life-2017 or by sending a donation to Will Flaherty, Director of Player Development and Community Relations at 201 Lasch Football Building, University Park, Pa 16802.
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 linebacker Jason Cabinda and quarterback Trace McSorley will serve as co-presidents. The 2017 Uplifting Athletes officers are: offensive lineman Andrew Nelson, vice president; offensive lineman Ryan Bates, secretary; former offensive lineman Tom Devenney, treasurer.
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 www.upliftingathletes.org.
The Nittany Lions’ home schedule features a trio of non-conference games, including Pitt’s first visit to Beaver Stadium since 1999. The Nittany Lions open the season against Akron (Sept. 2) and face Pitt (Sept. 9) and Georgia State (Sept. 16) to close out a three-game homestand to start the year. In Big Ten play, Penn State welcomes Indiana (Sept. 30), Michigan (Oct. 21), Rutgers (Nov. 11 - Homecoming) and Nebraska (Nov. 18) to Happy Valley.
More than 8,400 new season tickets have been sold for the 2017 campaign. For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing new 2017 season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit www.PSUnrivaled.com, call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office weekdays from 10 a.m-6 p.m.