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Uplifting Athletes Raises More Than $13,000 With Georgia State Touchdown Pledge Drive

The Uplifting Athletes’ touchdown pledge drive raised $13,536 for rare disease awareness and research this weekend.

Uplifting Athletes was founded in 2003 by Scott Shirley, a Penn State football player whose dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer. This form of cancer was considered a rare disease due to its high mortality rate and the fact that the afflicted community was too small to draw significant research and development.

Beginning in 2003, the team rallied around Shirley in an effort to make a change. Since its founding, Uplifting Athletes has aimed to inspire the rare disease community and raise money for the cause.

Prior to Penn State’s blowout over the Georgia State Panthers, 104 people gathered to pledge to donate a total of $1,692 per touchdown. Originally, Uplifting Athletes projected the Lions would score five touchdowns against Georgia State – but thankfully, they were wrong.

Eight separate players scored touchdowns on Saturday night, including Uplifting Athletes chapter leader Trace McSorely, who rushed for an eight-yard score late in the second quarter.

The initiative will accept one-time donations through the end of this week– just in time for James Franklin and the Nittany Lions’ Big Ten opener against Iowa on Saturday night.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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