Penn State Football

Uplifting Athletes charity to be represented with helmet decals, game balls at Blue-White game

The signature white helmets of Penn State football will be adorned with something else alongside the classic blue stripe this weekend.

Uplifting Athletes, which has raised millions for rare disease research and over $1 million for kidney disease research through Penn State’s chapter alone, will be represented during the annual Blue-White game with a helmet decal and with graphics on the game balls with which the team will play.

“Seeing the Uplifting Athletes logo incorporated into the game every spring is such a great example of Penn State’s tradition beyond football,” Uplifting Athletes co-founder Scott Shirley told the CDT. “More importantly, it’s a reminder to the rare disaese community that they are not fighting alone.”

Five of the footballs with the Uplifting Athletes logo will be signed by members of the Nittany Lions coaching staff and auctioned on Penn State’s website, according to a release from the organization.

Three of them will be autographed exclusively by head coach James Franklin and the other two will feature signatures by Franklin, defensive coordinator Brent Pry and offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit Uplifting Athletes through the Penn State chapter.

The Nittany Lions will kick off their spring game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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