Penn State Football Raises $73,000 via Uplifting Athletes, Visits Hershey

Penn State Football Raises $73,000 via Uplifting Athletes, Visits Hershey

To those who know Penn State Football, they know that this program is more than a stellar one on the football field. Penn State Football is exceedingly dedicated to being a positive force in the community and throughout the country. This past week was no different, as Penn State Football hosted its annual Lift for Life fundraiser and visited the Hershey Children’s Hospital.

This past Saturday, for the 14th year in a row, the Penn State Uplifting Athletes chapter hosted Lift for Life at the Penn State lacrosse fields.

A hot and sunny day made fun for both players and spectators, as young and old fans alike watched the current Penn State Football team compete against each other in tasks such as tire flips, bucket carries, and bench presses.

A grand total of slightly more than $73,000 was raised at the event, which will be put toward rare disease research and patient programs. Although the day itself is over, those who wish to contribute to this total can do so here until September 30.

“At Penn State Football, something we pride ourselves on… more than just the football, whether that be with THON or Lift for Life, or whatever it may be… just giving back to the community ,” said junior tackle, Andrew Nelson (Hershey, Pa.). “We believe that is defined by more than just wins or losses… we think our program is also defined by things like .”


Earlier in the week, the football squad paid a visit to the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

This is also an annual effort by Penn State Football to stay in touch with the community, and to bring joy to children and their families.

This visit is an especially important one to Head Coach James Franklin, who commented on the importance of giving back to the community in this way.

“I think we all have times in our life where you think you have it tough… just got done with classes and workouts and may think that they have it tough…and there is always someone out there that has more challenges than you,” noted Franklin. “So being able to come to the Children’s Hospital hits home for all of us.”

The players spent the day visiting with children, playing games, signing autographs, and chatting with the kids and their families.

“The amazing thing… is we actually get more out of it than we give,” said Franklin.

Penn State Football is a stand up program. You can catch them for their home opener against Kent State on Saturday, September 3rd at 3:30 p.m.