PHILADELPHIA – Kaleb Germinaro, a junior member of the football team, was named one of six finalists for the Rare Disease Champion Award presented annually by Uplifting Athletes.
An awareness campaign powered by Uplifting Athletes, the Rare Disease Champion is determined by college football fans and the rare disease community through online voting. The award is presented to the winner at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala in Atlantic City, NJ, and celebrated at Uplifting Athletes’ Gridiron Gala in Harrisburg, PA.
Qualified nominees must be a student-athlete, coach, trainer, staff member from a college football program with a rare disease connection. The individual can be surviving or fighting a rare disease, raising money for a rare disease, or is inspired to advocate for others battling a rare disease. A rare disease is defined as one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans.
Germinaro was nominated for the RDC Award for his tireless efforts to support the Penn Football program following his diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis in late 2014. While MS forced Germinaro to retire from active playing, he was with the Quakers every step on their journey to an Ivy League championship this fall as a student assistant coach. Whether it was documenting the title run as team photographer, hosting recruits, coaching his wide receiver brethren or sitting alongside offensive coordinator John Regan in the booth to help with charting plays, Germinaro was a quick study when it came to what it takes to be a successful member of a coaching staff.
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