Heard on Campus: Scott Shirley, co-founder of Uplifting Athletes

“I was living my dream building things (as an engineer), but I had the opportunity to build something else, a nonprofit organization that could impact the lives of 30 million Americans. It was a no-brainer for me. Through Uplifting Athletes, we could use the platform of college diseases and make rare diseases matter. We could create a climate that does inspire others to take action and makes us relevant in the medical community. This career allows me to live at the intersection of purpose and profit.”

-- Scott Shirley, 2003 and 2004 Penn State graduate in engineering and co-founder and executive director of Uplifting Athletes, on his decision to leave a corporate career and become a socially responsible entrepreneur. Uplifting Athletes began at Penn State and is now a national nonprofit whose chapters are run by current football student-athletes and which raises the visibility of rare diseases through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

Shirley spoke Wednesday (April 9) as part of a panel discussion during IST Start-up Week 2014, a week-long showcase of innovations and entrepreneurship featuring “insider” talks by industry giants, cutting-edge technology demonstrations and numerous networking opportunities for Penn State students who aspire to be trailblazers in whatever field they choose.

Last Updated April 15, 2014