Shrive heads Penn State's Uplifting Athletes, nominated for award

Penn State football player Eric Shrive, center, from Scranton, Pa., pays his respects at a statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus after learning of Paterno's death on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in State College,Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Penn State senior guard Eric Shrive has been elected president of his team’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes, an organization that benefits the Kidney Cancer Association.

Shrive, of Scranton, has raised nearly $70,000 for the association during his time at Penn State and recently was named as a finalist for the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. The award honors a college football player who makes an impact in fighting rare diseases.

Fans can vote for the award winner at Balloting ends next Thursday.

Other officers elected to the Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes are offensive tackle Adam Gress as vice president, center Ty Howle as head of operations, cornerback Da’Quan Davis as secretary and tight end Adam Breneman as fundraising chairman.

Penn State’s main fund-raiser for kidney cancer awareness is its annual Life for Life in July. The Nittany Lions have raised more than $700,000 in the 10-year history of the event, including a record $110,374 last year.

In other news, Penn State announced on Twitter that spring football practice will begin on March 18. The annual Blue-White Game is set for April 20 at Beaver Stadium.

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