Gamecocks add meaning to touchdowns for 2014 Capital One Bowl

South Carolina chapter Bowl touchdown Pledge drive

Harrisburg, PA December 23, 2013 – Uplifting Athletes chapter leaders from the University of South Carolina football program are looking for more than a victory over Wisconsin in the upcoming Capital One Bowl.

Uplifting Athletes

The Gamecocks are hoping to raise more funds and awareness for their chosen rare disease than the Badgers by holding a Touchdown Pledge Drive for the game in Orlando on New Year’s Day.

Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases. Each of the campus chapters nationwide is run by football student-athletes and works to elevate its chosen rare disease as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

South Carolina and Wisconsin are two of the 19 Uplifting Athletes Chapters nationwide.

“Wisconsin is also doing it which creates a competition between our two Chapters on and off the field,” said Gamecocks fullback and Chapter President Connor McLaurin.

“You can support us by getting the word out there in hopes to get more people aware about what we are doing or by donating a dollar, five dollars or any amount of money for this important cause.”

The South Carolina Chapter raises funds and awareness for Pelizaeus-Merzbacher, an inherited rare disease that affects the central nervous system.

“One of our teammates family members has Pelizaeus-Merzbacker. He asked us if we would be interested in supporting the cause and we definitely were,” McLaurin said. “It’s a very personal thing knowing someone who has a family member affected by a rare disease”

In order to support the South Carolina Uplifting Athletes Chapter, you can donate to the Touchdown Pledge Drive at

After a pledge is made, prior to kickoff of the Capital One Bowl each donor will receive an e-mail reminder. After the game, another e-mail will be sent with instructions on how to fulfill the pledge.

Please help support the Gamecocks both on and off the field when they take on the Badgers New Year’s Day in the Capital One Bowl.

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Uplifting Athletes is a full service national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through research, outreach, education and advocacy. What makes Uplifting Athletes unique is that our university chapters are run by current football student-athletes, providing them with an opportunity to gain management and leadership skills while learning how to leverage their assets and abilities to make a positive and lasting impact. Each chapter adopts one out of approximately 7,000 rare diseases (such as ALS, Aplastic Anemia, CMT, cystic fibrosis, Ehlers-Danlos, Ewing’s Sarcoma, Kidney Cancer, Leukemia, MS, Neimann Pick Type-C, Neuroblastoma, pancreatic cancer, etc.).  For more information about Uplifting Athletes, visit

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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