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Virginia football players to play video games for charity

There's a neat fundraiser involving eight players on Virginia's football team on Sunday, and it works out that you can go before the Virginia-Duke game. See for yourself on the jump...

Charlottesville, VA - Members of the Virginia football team will take part
in a fundraiser Sunday, Feb. 28 to benefit Uplifting Athletes¹ Rare Disease
Day 2010. The eight UVa players will participate in an online
intercollegiate video game football tournament that also includes squads
from Georgia, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas and West Virginia.

The Uplifting Athletes¹ Video Game Challenge will take place at Buffalo Wild
Wings from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Funds
will go toward Uplifting Athletes mission to align college football players
with the rare disease cause.

The eight UVa players will compete head-to-head to determine a campus
champion who will then square off against the campus champion from the other
five schools to determine an overall winner. The Cavalier players
participating are Ras-I Dowling, Paul Freedman, Dom Joseph, Marc Verica,
Bobby Smith, Jared Green, Kevin Royal and Mike Ahunamba. Dontrelle Inman
will emcee the event.

Participation in the event is part of first-year coach Mike London¹s ³Hoos
in the Ville² program that involves members of the Virginia football team in
various community service activities.

³It is important that our players get involved in community activities,²
London said. ³It is a tremendous opportunity to not only benefit some great
causes, but to have our players understand they can have a positive impact
with many individuals and groups. Our hope is that ³Hoos in the Ville²
becomes a starting point and that they will continue to be involved in their
respective communities well after they graduate from UVa.²

Earlier this year the University's Student Council, The ŒHoo Crew spirit
group and Cavalier football team raised $8,194.94 for the "Hoos for Herzlich
94" campaign that benefited Uplifting Athletes.

For more information on Uplifting Athletes, visit the organization¹s website
at www.upliftingathletes.org.

By Zach Berman  |  February 26, 2010; 1:18 PM ET
 
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