Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Gamecock Football team hit the field Thursday but not in preparation for the 2014 season, they were raising money for a rare disease.
With less than nine weeks until the Gamecocks open their season against Texas A&M, making sure they are conditioned in the off season is important.
But the drills their running isn't for the game; its to raise money and awareness for a rare disease.
"It just shows that we do care about other things and we can use our spotlight as college athletes to help in other places."
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease is rare and effects one in every 200,000 males.
Devin Washington says they chose to raise money for PMD research because it hits close to home for the team.
"We have a kid on the team Devin Potter and his cousin has the disease and we felt that this event would not only benefit the research but also put our school on a higher pedestal so it was great to be apart of it. "
Those with PMD have delayed motor skills, such as coordination and walking. The event is called Lift for life and Scott Shirley with Uplifting Athletes say its a nationwide effort.
"What makes us unique is that all of our college chapters are run by athletes and it gives them an opportunity to get real world job experience, interaction with the community and build a sense of comradely in the lock room."
Last year was the team's first Life For Life event and they raised more than $5,000.
Jordan Diaz is shocked that the Gamecocks are the only SEC team to be a member of the organization.
"I hope it follows and starts a trend in the SEC because it's not just important for one school, everyone should be doing it and we really want everyone to follow the trend."
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