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Penn State Football: Lift for Life 2019 Raises $56,018 for Uplifting Athletes

by on July 17, 2019 10:31 AM

Penn State football announced the preliminary fundraising total for this year’s Lift for Life event is $56,018. All of that money will go to Uplifting Athletes, a non-profit that supports rare disease research and awareness.

This year’s fundraising efforts added to the Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes’ total, which is now up to $1,386,780.22. Penn State held the first Lift for Life in 2003. The event was created by Nittany Lion Scott Shirley, who went on to found Uplifting Athletes in 2007 to bring the charitable efforts to college athletic programs across the country.

Lift for Life 2019 in Holuba Hall was a huge success. A large crowd of Penn State football fans came out to see their favorite players put through their paces in a number of different workouts — including a 225-pound bench press set. The offense squared off against the defense in a number of workouts and, towards the end of the event, a tug-of-war tournament that captivated the crowd on hand.

A few lucky children in attendance even got the chance to run some drills of their own with the guidance and coaching of a few Nittany Lions. The event concluded with the Penn State players holding an autograph session to show their appreciation for the fans who came out.

You can still donate money directly to Uplifting Athletes here. Donations for this year will be accepted until Monday, Sept. 30, so the announced preliminary total definitely still has a chance to increase before then.

 



Mikey Mandarino is a staff writer for Onward State.
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