Eric Shrive came to Penn State as one of the top offensive line recruits in the nation.
Four years later, he’s made a far larger impact off the field, and here’s why: Shrive has raised nearly $70,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association and is a finalist for the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award.
The honor is presented to the college football player who has made a significant impact in the rare disease community.
Fans have through Jan. 31 to vote for this year’s champion at www.upliftingathletes.org/vote.
The winner will be announced the following day and will be presented with the Rare Disease Champion Sculpture at the Maxwell Football Club’s Awards Gala in Atlantic City on March 1.
Shrive also was recently elected president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter and will be the lead force in its most popular event, the annual Lift for Life in July.
Shrive raised approximately $32,000 last year for Lift for Life and kidney cancer awareness, boosting the Nittany Lions’ total to more than $110,000. He hopes to raise even more this year and break the $100,000 mark for his career.
Shrive said he sent handwritten letters to more than 200 potential donors last year.
Though not a standout starter yet, Shrive did play in every game last season.