Former Pack player recognized for his work off the field

February 2, 2012
By Bill Krueger

waynecrawfordWayne Crawford, who played defensive tackle, center and offensive guard for the Wolfpack from 2008-11, is a finalist for a national award. But it has nothing to do with the work Crawford did on the football field.

Crawford has been named one of four finalists for the Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Award, which is given to a leader in college football who has realized his potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community. He needs your votes as they determine the award winner.

Crawford was named a finalist for his efforts to launch an NC State chapter of Uplifting Athletes to raise money for leukemia research. Crawford was motivated after seeing offensive coordinator Dana Bible’s fight in 2010 against Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, or cancer of the blood.

“We were shocked and, yet, I knew I wanted to help,” Crawford told the Uplifting Athletes organization. “I’ve been affected by rare diseases in my family and then this.”

Crawford was inspired by Bible’s refusal to give up. So Crawford and his teammates coordinated several fundraisers, including a video game tournament, to raise money for the cause. Crawford was proud to be the first president of NC State’s chapter, and he hopes other NC State athletes will continue the work. Crawford graduated in May.

“I feel like I’ve done something meaningful and tangible, more than just my efforts on the football field,” Crawford says. “I’ve done something that’s going to last longer than football.”

Now it’s time for Pack fans to take a minute to vote for Crawford by visiting the Uplifting Athletes website.

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