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Former Pitt WR DJ Turner Supports Rare Disease Campaign for Pro Day



For the past seven years, the non-profit organization Uplifting Athletes has partnered with NFL prospects to support their Reps for Rare Diseases campaign. This year, former Pitt wide receiver DJ Turner is joining the cause.

Turner, who came to Pitt as a graduate transfer from Maryland in 2020, will support the campaign during Pitt’s pro day on March 17. Fans can donate money or make a pledge to donate a certain amount for each rep Turner does on the bench press. According to the donation page, Turner is aiming for $2,000 and 18 reps.

Since 2015, over 150 prospects have supported this campaign through either the NFL Combine or their respective pro days.

Uplifting Athletes’ Chapter Success Manager and former NFL player Levi Norwood is grateful to have some many athletes willing to support the organization.

“During NFL Pro Day training, so much time and energy is focused by these young men on achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL,” Norwood said. “It is amazing to see so many NFL hopefuls realize, especially during this tiring and grueling process, how impactful their platform can be. We are honored they chose to stand alongside Uplifting Athletes and the Rare Disease Community.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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