The Baylor University Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its inaugural Lift For Life event Thursday at 7 a.m. CT in the Simpson Center weight room. Closed to the public, the event is a signature fundraiser for the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of 25 college football chapters led by student-athletes.
The Bears’ Chapter will begin its mission of raising awareness and research dollars for Cerebral palsy, the chosen rare disease of the BU Chapter, by hosting a Lift For Life on Thursday as part of the team’s regular summer workout schedule.
The team’s goal is to raise at least $5,000 as each position group will have a friendly competition to see which group can raise the most money through the Baylor Chapter’s donation site: http://give.upliftingathletes.org/events/baylor-lift-for-life-2014/e34718. During the Lift For Life event, each position group will also compete to see who can set the most personal lifting records.
After being a work in progress for nearly a year, Baylor’s Chapter was started in large part by senior receiver Levi Norwood. Norwood decided to take on a three-year relationship with Jacoby Burks, who has Cerebral palsy. Burks will be there Thursday to watch the team workout in specially designed t-shirts for the cause.
By forming an Uplifting Athletes chapter at Baylor, the football student-athletes on the team are not only supporting their chosen rare disease but are also part of the entire rare disease community support network. The Bears will also do more future events for the cause that have yet to be announced.
For more information on Uplifting Athletes, a nonprofit organization, visit: www.UpliftingAthletes.org.