Redshirt sophomore linebacker Ben Kline has been elected president of Penn State's Uplifting Athletes chapter and will lead Nittany Lion football student-athletes in 2014.
With a senior-laden group of officers departing after this season, the Dallastown High School graduate will step in to take the reins of one of the nation's most successful and recognized student-athlete fundraisers, the Penn State Lift For Life. In his third season at Penn State, Kline has had the opportunity to watch and learn from out-going president Eric Shrive -- the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion.
A two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District® selection, Kline was a productive member of the linebacker rotation in 2013 before suffering a season-ending injury (chest) in the Nittany Lions' contest at Minnesota on Nov. 9. Kline was among the squad's fundraisers on the for the 2013 Lift For Life, which raised a record total of more than $140,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association last July.
Penn State football teammates joining Kline as 2014 Uplifting Athletes officers are: vice president -- sophomore running back Deron Thompson (Lititz); secretary -- freshman tight end Adam Breneman (Mechanicsburg); director of marketing -- sophomore tight end Jesse James (Glassport); compliance manager -- sophomore running back Akeel Lynch (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and director of fundraising -- freshman tight end Brent Wilkerson (Clinton, Md.). Former football squad members and current Penn State students Joe Marvin (Treasurer) and Bryce Wilson (director of operations) also are among the new officers.
During the 11 years of the Penn State Lift For Life, members of the Nittany Lion football team have raised in excess of $825,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association, including record totals above $100,000 in each of the past three years.