Former Pitt punter Ryan Winslow is heading to Indianapolis to take part in the NFL Scouting Combine this week, but in addition to showing scouts what he can do on the field, he’ll be lending a helping hand to Uplifting Athletes, a group that raises money to fight rare diseases.
Uplifting Athletes runs an annual campaign called “Reps for Rare Diseases,” the goal of which is to use player performances at the NFL combine to raise money for potentially life-saving research into rare diseases. The most common method is for donors to pledge a certain amount for each time a player bench-presses 225 pounds.
However, since Winslow is a punter, he’s taking a different approach.
During the 2018 @NFL Combine I will be supporting @UpliftingAth with my Reps for Rare Diseases Campaign. Donate for each punt with over 4 seconds of hang time I hit to help raise money and awareness for #RareDiseases. #WeTackleRare https://t.co/HAAUMcQbJ8 pic.twitter.com/SovbVp7Xur— Ryan Winslow (@ryanwinsbro) February 16, 2018
As Winslow announced in a tweet, he’s looking for donors to pledge to contribute a certain amount for each of his punts that has a hang time of four seconds or more. According to the punter’s Pledge It page, his goal is 13 punts and his fundraising goal is $2,000. As of Monday morning, he’d already raised an estimated total of $1,794.
“Throughout my career at Pitt, I tried to get involved and give back as much as possible,” Winslow said, according to Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “This is just another great opportunity to do that.”
Winslow is one of seven former Pitt players invited to take part in the NFL combine, as Quadree Henderson, Jaryd Jones-Smith, Avonte Maddox, Brian O’Neill, Jester Weah and Jordan Whitehead will all be in attendance as well. He’ll take the field Friday along with the other special teamers, according to the combine schedule on NFL.com.
Those who wish to support Winslow’s campaign can do so by making donations at pledgeit.org/winslow-pitt.