Our Story

Athletes vs. Crohn’s & Colitis was founded in January of 2017 by Larry Nance Jr. and Noah Weber.
Both Larry and Noah were diagnosed with Crohn’s disease during their adolescent years, both were aspiring
athletes and both sought mentors with Crohn’s disease who reached their athletic potential.

Together they hope to connect young people afflicted with Crohn’s and colitis to athletes to inspire and mentor.

Click here to read Noah’s impressive story and see how he met Larry Nance Jr,.
Click here
to see Larry’s story and how he became the powerful athlete that he is today.

Why we started Athletes vs Crohn’s & Colitis

Helping High School Athletes with Crohn's or Colitis

AVC Annual Scholarship

AVC Annual Scholarship

The Athlete’s vs Crohn’s & Colitis scholarship is given to a high school athlete “who has demonstrated qualities consistent with the belief that luck is largely a byproduct of persistence, hard work, and positive attitude in tough or unfamiliar situations.”

Here are our newest members of the AVC family – our 2020 scholarship recipients! We are thrilled to have these wonderful young men and women, from Cleveland and NYC, representing our organization:

  • Maddie Showalter: attending Kent State University to study Nursing and Biology
  • Max Ali: attending Rochester Institute of Technology to study Mechanical Engineering
  • Bridget Douglas: attending Eastern Michigan University to study Occupational Therapy
  • Zach Paley: attending Indiana University to study Sports Management
  • Jalin Walters: attending Onondaga Community College to study biology
  • Toby Faller: attending University of Miami

Our annual scholarship was established in 2017 to honor high school athletes who display courage, resiliency, and refusal to let IBD hold them back from reaching their goals by helping them with their college expenses. Our 6 winners from this year, in combination with our 4 prior honorees, brings our total scholarship grants to $50,000 over the past 3 years!

Please join us in wishing these special student athletes all the best in their future endeavors in college and beyond!