The honor of the “Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion” is presented annually to recognize a leader in the world of college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community. More than 7,000 different rare diseases have been identified affecting a total of nearly 30 million Americans. Rare Diseases can be chronic, progressive, debilitating, disabling, severe and life-threatening. Uplifting Athletes is looking for our next Champion and other heroes who may be battling a rare disease, raising money for a rare disease cause, or inspiring hope to any one of the 30-million Americans and their families affected by rare diseases.

To Qualify:

1) Nominee must be a current member of a college football program (student-athlete, coach, trainer, staff member, etc.) from an NCAA Institution (FBS, FCS, DII, or DIII) or a college football organization.
2) Nominee has a connection to a rare disease: currently surviving one or recovering, raising money for a rare disease, or is inspired to advocate for others battling a rare disease. A rare disease is defined as one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans 3) Nominee demonstrates great respect for competitors, school, teammates, coaches, and the game of college football.

Please submit the following information for your nominee by December 14, 2011.  Nominees will be interviewed and a committee will decide the 2012 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion finalists.  The finalists’ stories will be posted online in the month of February.  An online vote will decide the 2012 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion winner.

Click HERE to nominate a Champion!