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Uplifting Athletes hosts first "Lift for Life" at FSU

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:28 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Around 70 Florida State football players competed offense vs. defense in the first ever "Lift for Life" on campus.

Lift for Life is a fundraising event held by Uplifting Athletes, a national organization with a chapter at FSU founded last year by Seminole tight end Kevin Haplea. In the event, offensive players faced off against defensive players in events such as a van push, tug-of-war, and tire flipping.

"It went as good as we could have expected it to for our first time," said Haplea. "Today was a crazy day, but I think we had a great turnout, it was a lot of fun, and it was good for our first time."

Florida State's chapter of Uplifting Athletes raises money for Fanconi anemia research, a disease that FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher's son Ethan has.

"For (our players) to come out and help our family like this and the other children, words don't explain it," said Fisher. "It's just an unbelievable appreciation we have and respect we have for our players."

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