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Ben Kline Named Uplifting Athletes’ New President

Redshirt sophomore linebacker Ben Kline was named the President of Uplifting Athlete’s Penn State Chapter yesterday, replacing senior offensive lineman Eric Shrive.

According to its website, “Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.” The organization began in 2003 at Penn State, and has since expanded to 19 schools across America.

Penn State’s branch of Uplifting Athletes is the largest in America, and has raised more than $800,000 since its inception. Earlier this year, the organization raised $133,506 at its annual Lift for Life fundraiser, which benefitted kidney cancer research. Each chapter of Uplifting Athletes raises money for a different rare disease, which the organization defines as, “one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans and consequently lacks financial incentive to make and market new treatments.”

As for Kline, he takes over for Shrive, who was elected president for the Penn State chapter in January. While it has been a down year for Kline on the football field — injuries limited him to 18 tackles in six games before tearing his pectoral and ending his season — his biggest contributions have come to the team in the classroom. Last year, Kline, who holds a 3.9 GPA as a finance major in the Smeal College of Business, was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.

In tangent with this announcement, Kline also created a Twitter account and had a pretty great first tweet.

 

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