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Nittany Lions Set To Compete While Raising Money & Awareness For A Great Cause

Penn State's chapter of Uplifting Athletes will once again be getting after it in the Lift For Life Challenge, with proceeds going to the fight against kidney cancer. Learn how you can help.

One of Penn State coach James Franklin’s “core values” is to compete in everything you do. The Nittany Lions take that concept to the extreme every year in their Lift For Life Challenge — as they compete as a means of supporting a great cause.

And they’ve been doing it since long before their third-year coach set foot on campus (check out the video at the bottom of this story to Sean Lee and NaVorro Bowman getting after it at LFL in 2009).

PSU will once again be working out to raise money and awareness for the fight against kidney cancer during its 14th annual Lift For Life July 16 (aka Arts Fest Saturday). It will feature the offense vs. the defense in a series of intense strength and conditioning drills.

The event, spearheaded by the Nittany Lions’ chapter of Uplifting Athletes, aims to raise $125,000 this year. 

But it will only happen with the continued support of Penn State fans, who can make a suggested donation to attend the event at PSU’s Lacrosse Field (it starts at 11 a.m.) and/or visit the following link to contribute in the name of their favorite Nittany Lion.


“I’m really looking forward to our Lift For Life benefitting the rare disease community,” said PSU chapter director of player logistics and quarterback Trace McSorley. “Being a leader of this event has given me a different perspective into the event with all the planning and logistics that goes into it. I’m excited to see all the hard work come to fruition.”

The Nittany Lions will also conduct a clinic for kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the cost of $15 per participant. Each child will receive a Lift For Life T-shirt. Additionally, the Penn State Police Department will have a patrol car on hand and the Centre LifeLink EMS will have an ambulance for kids to explore.

More than 80 members of the Penn State football team are expected to participate in the challenge and then conduct an autograph session.

The impact LFL and PSU UA have had on the fight against kidney cancer has been significant. Since 2003, more than $1.1 million has been raised locally. PSU UA has also spurred a national movement that has made an economic impact of more than $400 million on the rare diseases community. 

Oh, and did we mention how competitive this is? Check out Lee and Bowman back in the 2009 event.

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