Welcome to The 2020 Young Investigator Draft

Saturday, March 07, 2020
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lincoln Financial Field
1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Presented by CSL Behring


Why you may want to attend...

Let's start off with a simple concept: We believe in the power of TEAM.





Nothing great can be accomplished without people coming together and supporting the cause. The Rare Disease space is no different. This is why we look to the support of the community. And we feel the game of football truly embodies the team concept...

The football theme of the Young Investigator Draft was inspired by the NFL Draft. Instead of drafting emerging young football talent, this unique draft turns the spotlight on the next generation of promising young medical researchers who are “drafted” and are awarded research grants by Uplifting Athletes in order to help in pursuing new treatments and potential cures for many of the world’s rarest diseases.

“The Young Investigator Draft serves as a powerful celebration of research within the field of rare diseases, providing a platform to distribute research funding to up-and-coming young researchers and honoring our ‘Rare Disease Champion Team’,” says Rob Long, Executive Director of Uplifting Athletes. “We're proud to have already awarded $180,000 in grants in the past two years alone and look forward to continued success. With every new year, we discover brilliant young researchers who bring us ever closer to finding exciting new treatments and potential cures for many of the world’s rarest diseases.”

Highlights of the Event

Chances to bid on sports memorabilia (autographed items, footballs, jerseys, hats, etc)

Flyers, Sixers, Eagles, or Phillies ticket giveaways

Meet up and coming college athletes (VIPs get signed poster)

Current and retired Pro Football Players (Giants & Eagles)

Networking opportunities for those in the research field

Stadium Tour (VIP)

Plenty of food & drinks!

Schedule · Saturday, March 7, 2020

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Stadium Tours

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


7:00 PM - 7:10 PM

Opening Remarks -Rob Long

7:10 PM - 7:20 PM

Title Sponsor Speaker

7:20 PM - 8:30 PM

Young Investigator Draft

8:30 PM - 8:50 PM

Rare Disease Champion Team Presentation

8:50 PM - 9:00 PM

Closing Remarks -Rob Long

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Networking Hour

About Uplifting Athletes

Founded in 2007, Uplifting Athletes fulfills its mission to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport with a powerful network of over 20 college football student-athlete led chapters, Uplifting Ambassadors and Team UA participants.

Since its inception, Uplifting Athletes has raised more than $5 million to support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

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