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Penn State Football Sets Date for Lift for Life

Penn State football’s annual Lift for Life, which is hosted by Uplifting Athletes, is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, at the Lasch Practice Fields, the program announced on Tuesday.

In its 19th year, Lift for Life will be highlighted by Penn State football’s offense challenging the defensive squad in several events to raise money and awareness for rare diseases.

The annual event most often occurs during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, however, this year it’s scheduled for two weeks prior. This is only the fourth year that Lift for Life and Arts Fest have taken place on different weekends throughout Lift for Life’s 19 years of operation at Penn State.

It also will be the first time since 2019 the event will be held and open to the public. In 2020 it was canceled because of COVID-19 and last year it was closed to the public.

About 80 members of the Penn State football team are anticipated to compete in Lift for Life.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. The event is free, but a donation of $10 for adults and $5 for kids is encouraged to support Uplifting Athletes’ mission to help the rare disease community. Fans will need to park in the Jordan East lot and pay for parking through the ParkMobile app.

Uplifting Athletes was established in 2007 by Penn State football alum Scott Shirley after his father was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Uplifting Athletes’ goal is to connect Division I football programs with folks fighting rare diseases in order to assist with finances, as well as provide encouragement through their battles. Penn State’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes has raised more than $1.4 million since its inception. Long snapper Chris Stoll will serve as president of Penn State’s chapter this year.