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.”

In 2019 Noah and Larry gave out their third annual scholarship to 2 very deserving Cleveland Clinic patients who refuse to let IBD hold them back from reaching their goals, both on and off the court!

??SARAH GRINSTEAD is a senior at West Geauga High school, and was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 14. Active in soccer, basketball, and 4H, Sarah has been accepted to the Pre-Med program at John Carrol University.

??MICHAEL DASCENZO is a senior at Canfield High School and was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 9. Active in football, basketball, and track, Michael plans to continue his studies at Kent State University in hopes of becoming an FBI agent.

Thank you Michael Angelo’s Winery for hosting our dinner, and Congratulations to Sarah, Michael, and their loving families! We are so proud to have you as a part of the AVC family‼️???

To qualify for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be undergoing treatment for Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis at Cleveland Clinic or Mt. Sinai IBD Clinical Center
  • Be a High School Senior active in athletics
  • Display courage, resiliency, and refusal to let IBD hold them back from reaching their goals

Applicants that meet the qualifications above should express interest in this scholarship with their medical care team, who will communicate with AVC for consideration.