Springfield College football player taking action against rare diseases

Hampden County

Senior Nick Giorgio plays football for Springfield College and as an NFL prospect, he chose to dedicate his last season to a good cause.

Giorgio plays for The Pride football team as both an outside linebacker and defensive end. At Springfield College, Giorgio said they’re all about supporting humanitarian work.

“So if we can get a foundation that works directly with football and kind out help out through that way it’s an awesome experience to raise money to fight rare diseases for everybody,” said Giorgio.

This year, Giorgio partnered with Uplifting Athletes, a national non-profit run by football student-athletes, who take action against rare diseases.

They’re mission: to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

And for the fifth year in a row, Uplifting Athletes has empowered NFL prospects to use their school’s Pro Day as a platform to give back.

On Giorgio’s NFL Pro Day he set out to raise $1,000 to support the rare disease community. So, far he’s raised just over $700.

“Yeah, so everything goes fast. There’s a bunch of NFL scouts, a bunch of teams looking at you, so it’s kind of stressful but once you get in the rhythm it’s all awesome,” Giorgio said. “Started with the bench press, I wanted 23 to 25 [reps], I got 27 and so you know those last couple of reps you know you’re thinking, ‘can I get this, can I do this,’ and you just push through and at the end of the day I did, so it was awesome.”

Giorgio told 22News, he hopes to play in the NFL, but if he doesn’t, he has a four-year business degree to fall back on.

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