Culture Check: Former Lions @ Gridiron Gala

Uplifting Athletes and its Penn State roots were celebrated at the State Museum of Pennsylvania over the weekend.

Former Penn State football players were among the many who gathered in the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg Saturday night to celebrate a key element of the “culture” of the Nittany Lion program.

They were there for the annual Gridiron Gala, the “black-tie tailgate” that serves as a fund-raiser for the national chapter of Uplifting Athletes. UA's mission is to raise money and awareness for the fight against rare diseases.

UA, as most Penn State fans know, is the organization that grew out of the Nittany Lions' popular Lift For Life Challenge. The event began in 2003 as a way to help combat kidney cancer, and quickly became the largest student-athlete run charity in the nation.

It has since spread to more than 20 other schools -- with each raising money and awareness for the fight against a rare disease.

But its roots are planted squarely in Happy Valley. So whenever key UA events happen, former Nittany Lions are heavily involved.

Some of them may not look quite the same as they did back in their playing days. But when it comes to helping a great cause, their hearts are all in the right place.

And as you will see in the video above, they all have a good sense of humor, too.

Check out our exclusive video from the museum above.

And if you'd like to pitch in for the great cause, visit

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