Feb 3, 2024

Young Investigator Draft

Where Rare Potential Meets The Power Of Sports

We are thrilled to announce that the Young Investigator Draft will be held at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on February 3, 2024. This is a one-of-a-kind evening, honoring incredible rare disease researchers who are making a lasting difference for the rare community. Guests will be treated to great food, stadium tours, a thriving cocktail hour, a silent auction, and a dynamic, hour length show hosted by American professional wrestler Joe Spivak.


Uplifting Athletes is committed to cultivating resources that accelerate scientific advancements for rare disease treatments and potential cures because less than 10% of known rare diseases have an FDA-approved treatment. Out of necessity, the Young Investigator Draft was created to support the next generation of rare disease researchers.

In its first five years, the Young Investigator Draft has provided more than $820,000 in funding to 44 rare disease researchers. To view past award recipients check out UpliftingAthletes.org/YID.


Uplifting Athletes is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 that harnesses the power of sport to build a community that invests in the lives of people impacted by rare diseases. Since its inception, Uplifting Athletes has raised more than $9 million by engaging athletes in order to positively impact the rare disease community through driving action and funding research. To learn more about Uplifting Athletes please visit UpliftingAthletes.org.