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Monday, May 7, 2012
ND starts Uplifting Athletes chapter

By Matt Fortuna

Notre Dame is one of four new schools to start chapters of Uplifting Athletes, a nonprofit in which college football teams fight rare diseases by raising awareness.

The Irish have chosen Ewing's sarcoma in honor of fan Sam Grewe. Ewing's sarcoma is a rare malignant bone cancer that affects children.

St. Francis, Illinois, Fordham are the other schools to start new chapters, joining Boston College, Colgate, Kent State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Princeton.

No word yet on events scheduled for Notre Dame, but this is a great initiative by the school. I covered Penn State's "Lift for Life" many times -- when players would take part in intensive weight-lifting competitions before hundreds of fans and sign autographs after -- and it was always a nice summer event geared at a great cause.