What started as a reason to build relationships with new teammates, and hoping to get to know a little about the veterans, has blossomed into helping Eric Shrive more tightly define his own personal purpose. Penn State’s redshirt junior offensive lineman walked into an Uplifting Athletes meeting as a freshman and stumbled upon a student-athlete led organization he felt a connection with.
Four years later Shrive is the top student fundraiser in the history of Uplifting Athletes with nearly $70,000 raised for kidney cancer research through the Nittany Lions’ Lift For Life. And the newly elected President of the Penn State chapter recently was crowned the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion as voted by the public.
“It’s tough as a freshman with all the classes and football,” Shrive said. “I liked what (former Penn State chapter President) Brett Brackett was telling us and it sounded good.
“Going into my sophomore year…
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