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    NU Football Preps For Lift For Life By Lifting for St. Nick's

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    Five incoming Northwestern freshmen took time out from summer school and workouts Saturday, July 16, to lend a strong hand at a rummage sale at St. Nicholas Church in Evanston.

    Max Champan, Mark Szott, Shane Mertz, Drew Smith and Treyvon Green carried furniture, boxes and bags for neighbors of St. Nick's at its annual rummage sale. The group also helped folks load trucks, vans and cars with items, even helping some of the St. Nick's people with their own items as well.

    "Their help made our jobs so much easier, and our West Town neighbors will now have a load of useful items that will make their lives easier," said Lori Goodman of St. Nicholas Church. "It was a great day and we could not have asked for better volunteers."

    While not officially related, the freshmen footballers' good use of strength last Saturday is an apt preview for the Northwestern Chapter of Uplifting Athletes "Lift For Life" taking place at 6 p.m. CT Friday, July 22, at Ryan Field (in case of rain, it will be held in the Trienens Hall indoor facility just north of Ryan Field). Nearly every Wildcat who is in Evanston for the summer will participate in this wholly student-athlete run event, which was officially announced in this NUsports.com release and benefits the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation dedicated to finding a cure for Neimann-Pick Disease Type C, or NP-C. More background on Uplifting Athletes and the NU chapter is available at NUsports.com.

    The Lift for Life is open to the public -- which is highly encouraged to attend. First, fans will watch the student-athletes compete in a bracket-style tournament of eight teams similar to the NU football Winning Edge competition. Events will include an obstacle course and bench press competition among others. After the champion is crowned, kids in attendance will be invited down to the field for tug of war and to race against the Wildcats. Everyone at that time is invited to Walker Terrace for a BBQ and Meet and Greet with the student-athletes.

    Spectators will watch from the home stands and are encouraged to stick around and eat afterwards. Admission and the BBQ are free, but donations to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation are highly encouraged.

    "We will be accepting donations at the front gate as well as for the food," said NU senior Ricky Weina, who is helping run the Lift for Life. "There will be t-shirts and wristbands for sale, and a "penny war" style collection for the bench press competition. We also accept online donations, just choose a player and donate in their name."

    If you have questions, leave them in the comments and we'll find answers for you from our Uplifting Athletes!

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