49ers to Hold Pushup Contest at Stanford

Alex Smith and other players will help raise money for heart research.

The San Francisco 49ers will land at Stanford Friday afternoon for a fundraising pushup contest.

The team was asked by Stanford University Medical Center cardiologists, nurses, students and staff to help support the effort to cure inherited cardiovascular disease.

The third annual fundraiser is called “Bring It: Stanford Pushup Challenge with the 49ers.”

The contest will take place Friday from noon to 1 p.m. on the Alumni Lawn on the west side of the Li Ka Shing Cneter for Learning and Knowledge at Stanford. The event is open to the public.

Quarterback Alex Smith will join other 49ers in counting pushups as competitors try to outdo 49ers strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama for the highest number of pushups completed. The festivities will be cheered on by two Gold Rush girls and Sourdough Sam.

Uyeyama will be up against Stanford cardiology faculty, fellows, nurses, residents and medical students. The Stanford competitors will compete in teams of four to six each, each with a 49er player counting pushups. Other players will include linebacker Parys Haralson and Delanie Walker. Former player Keena Turner will be emcee of the event.

Anyone participating is encouraged to raise money via personalized emails to family and friends. Online donations can also be made here. More information is available from Terra Coakley at 650-725-6186.

Money raised at the event, which is hosted by the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease, will to go to cardiovascular research. Whichever team completes the most pushups and the top fundraising individual will be given a signed a framed photo of them with the players.

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