Courtesy of Uplifting Athletes
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It took time, patience and a lot of hard work, but the Northern Arizona Chapter of Uplifting Athletes held its first official Lift For Life event on Friday, July 29th at the Walkup Skydome.
The members of the NAU Chapter, led by President Corbin Jountti and Vice President Devon McPeek, worked out in the early morning hours in support of its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.
Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters.
For the Lumberjack's inaugural event, the team completed various stations set up to put their strength and endurance to the test. The time spent at each station was determined by how long it took a group of four to push a truck around the parking lot.
"The lesson we wanted everyone to walk away with is no matter how hard this workout may be, its nothing compared to how hard life could be living with a rare disease, said President Jountti. "If anything, we are so blessed to have the capability and athleticism to play this game. This motivated all the guys to give their best and not take for granted the ability and opportunity we have as athletes. We wanted to let the rare disease community know we empathize with their struggle and we are taking a stand to tackle rare disease together."
Proceeds from the Northern Arizona Chapter of Uplifting Athletes inaugural Lift For Life supports rare disease research and patient focused programs.
The challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The grassroots effort of the Northern Arizona Chapter, along with a nationwide network of teams, is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.
Northern Arizona joined Uplifting Athletes in 2015 and is one of 25 student-athlete led chapter's that help bring the vision of Uplifting Athletes to life; which is to empower people to take action against rare diseases and inspires the medical community to find cures.
"It was great to get the first Lift For Life under our belt," said Vice President McPeek. "To see the team rally around such an amazing cause and just come put in work to help the rare disease community is awesome."