SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Orange wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (Powder Springs, Ga.) isn’t the only one who will prosper from a good showing at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine next week. Those affected by rare diseases will benefit also.
Etta-Tawo is linking his combine performance in the vertical jump to a fundraiser to support Uplifting Athletes, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire the rare-disease community through the power of sport. The fundraiser works like this: a donation of $1 per inch results in a contribution of $35 if Etta-Tawo records a leap of 35 inches, $36 if he records a jump of 36 inches, and so on.
To donate, visit: https://pledgeit.org/amba-etta-tawo.
The NFL Scouting Combine runs from Feb. 28 to March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Etta-Tawo is scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis next Wednesday and participate in on-field drills and testing Saturday, March 4.
A graduate transfer, Etta-Tawo authored the most prolific receiving season in Syracuse football history during his one year on campus. He set or tied 10 school records in 2016, including the SU single-season marks for most receptions (94), most receiving yards (1,482), most receiving yards per game (123.5) and most 100-yard receiving games (7). He also tied the Orange season standard with 14 touchdown receptions, including a program-record five against Pittsburgh on Nov. 26.
The Syracuse University chapter of Uplifting Athletes was founded in 2013 by former long snapper Sam Rodgers in honor of punter Rob Long, who was diagnosed in 2010 with Anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer. The chapter’s impact has grown steadily each year, with the group’s 2016 “Lift for Life” raising more than $20,000 for those impacted by rare diseases. As a whole, Uplifting Athletes has raised more than $400 million since being founded by Penn State’s Scott Shirley in 2003.