April 17, 2014

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its second-annual bowling event at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 4 at Strikes & Spares Event Center in Mishawaka, Ind. Proceeds from this event will go towards efforts of raising research funds for osteosarcoma.

“We’re very excited to put together another bowling event with Uplifting Athletes,” said rising senior Irish linebacker Joe Schmidt. “Last year’s event not only was extremely rewarding for our chapter, but also for our team and everyone that participated.

“It’s a great time to interact with our fans and also generate awareness for a wonderful organization that helps raise money for rare diseases. We look forward to building upon last year’s success.”

Fans have an opportunity to bowl with current members of the Irish football team for an hour. Registrants will also get a photo opportunity with Notre Dame’s players.

Registration is $30 per person. Fans can also sponsor a bowling lane for $250.

Notre Dame’s chapter, spearheaded by Schmidt, raises money and awareness for osteosarcoma, a rare malignant bone cancer that affects children. It chose this cause in honor of Sam Grewe who was diagnosed with the rare condition in 2011, but has been cancer free for just over a year.

Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases. Each campus chapter is run by football student-athletes and works to elevate its chosen rare disease as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy. These rare diseases affect less than 200,000 Americans and consequently little attention is paid to them.

The network of university chapters brings the mission of Uplifting Athletes to life. College football players in each university chapter hold special events, fundraising campaigns or awareness drives to attract fans and media, making their chosen rare disease more visible and generating new money for research.

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