The honor is presented annually to recognize a leader in the world of college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community. More than 30 million Americans are affected by rare diseases.
Fans can vote to determine this year's champion at: www.upliftingathletes.org/vote
Vice president of Penn State's Uplifting Athletes chapter the past two years, Shrive has been a significant contributor in the planning of the chapter's events to benefit the Kidney Cancer Association. The most well-known event for Penn State's Uplifting Athletes chapter is the Penn State Lift for Life, a strength and conditioning challenge among football squad members held annually in July.
Shrive has raised approximately $69,500 for the Penn State Lift For Life and kidney cancer awareness during his four years on campus, including approximately $32,000 in 2012, helping boost the total to a record $110,374.00. During the 10 years of the Penn State Lift For Life, members of the Nittany Lion football team have raised in excess of $700,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association.
Shrive played in every game last season, helping Coach Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record (6-2 Big Ten), leading the Big Ten in total offense (437.0 ypg) and ranking second in scoring (32.6 ppg) in conference games. A fifth-year senior in 2013, Shrive was an all-state lineman at West Scranton High School.
Joining Shrive as finalists for the Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award are: Oklahoma's Austin Woods, Humboldt State's Dillon Reagan, Florida's Neiron Ball, Navy's Chris Ferguson, USC's Frankie Telfort and Fordham's Andrew Milmore.
--PSU Athletic Communications--