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Lift For Life Brings Fans And Players Together For Great Cause

Penn State fans flocked to the lacrosse field for the football program’s 14th annual Lift For Life, which helps raise money for rare disease research. Started by former player Scott Shirley, Lift For Life has become a summer staple over Arts Fest in State College, paving the way for more and more Uplifting Athletes chapters across the country.

The annual event pits the Nittany Lion offense against the defense in a high-energy speed and strength competition. Check out some of the highlights from this year’s workout.

Alums who played a big role in Lift For Life’s success during their time at Penn State returned to show support for their former teammates. Guys like Anthony Zettel, Jesse James, Sam Ficken, Carl Nassib, Austin Johnson, and former Penn State Uplifting Athletes President Ben Kline were on hand Saturday.

Marcus Allen had some fun with teammates Andrew Nelson and Ryan Buchholz during the competition.

Penn State’s true freshmen had a blast running the ever-popular kids clinic on the opposite end of the field.

Saquon Barkley must have melted his cleats by the way he flew through drills, much to the delight of the Nittany Lion faithful in attendance. Barkley even had a big enough lead in one event to backpedal his way across the finish line with a beaming smile on his face.

Center Brian Gaia showed up in his traditional Lift For LIfe getup, a look the fifth-year senior has sported each summer since he arrived on campus. “Bow to your sen-sei!”

The tug of war, always a highlight of the event, certainly didn’t disappoint this year.

Fans of all ages had a chance to cap the afternoon with an autograph session on the field.

Hats off to the players for all the hard work that went into making Lift For Life 2016 a success.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

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