April 9, 2010
Members of the 2010 Boston College football squad are set to participate in the second annual Uplifting Athletes "Lift for Life" event scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at 1 p.m. in Alumni Stadium. Current BC Eagles will test their strength and endurance in this nine-exercise competition featuring extreme activities such as tug-of-war and a truck push.
Proceeds from the event will benefit research through the Sarcoma Foundation of America and help raise awareness for this rare disease. Their efforts have already raised more than $100,000 in its first year.
"Lift for Life" is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 per student or child and $10 per adult. Parking will be available in the garage adjacent to Alumni Stadium and Gate E will be open for fans to enter the event. Donations can also be made in advance and credited to a favorite player's fundraising total by visiting www.liftforlife.upliftingathletes.org/bc. Fans will have a chance to meet and get autographs from current and former members of the Boston College football team.
Background: Uplifting Athletes events are organized by current football student-athletes. The Boston College chapter of Uplifting Athletes is run by members football team including President Ryan Lindsey and officers James McCluskey, Damik Scafe, Wes Davis, Billy Flutie, Tom Claiborne, Darius Bagan, and Mark Spinney. They have joined college football players from Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland and Colgate University in a coordinated effort to raise awareness for rare diseases.
"Each chapter of Uplifting Athletes has the ability to benefit a rare disease that has impacted their team," chapter president Lindsey said. "When Mark [Herzlich] was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, we were excited to be able to help this great cause. Plus, it has been a great experience personally and professionally for everyone on the team that has been involved with planning this event"
Matt Alsante, Executive Director for the Sarcoma Foundation of America, said, "We are thrilled that the Boston College football team has started a chapter of
Uplifting Athletes to raise funds and awareness for sarcoma research. The challenges that patients and families have when fighting a rare disease are immense and the unique position that college football players have to raise awareness about rare diseases is invaluable."
About Uplifting Athletes
Uplifting Athletes is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to align college football with rare diseases to raise them as a national priority. University chapters are operated by current football student-athletes and raise funds and awareness for a rare disease relevant to their team. For more information about Uplifting Athletes, go to www.upliftingathletes.org.