ANDERSON, S.C. – The Anderson University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has designated this entire week as “Wish Week” as part of its’ ongoing fundraising efforts to help raise money for a worthwhile cause.
Each year, NCAA Division II institutions participate in a variety of fundraisers to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. The AU SAAC collects donations for this great cause throughout the academic year. Some examples are passing the buckets at home events and once a month “dorm invasions.” So far this year, the committee has raised approximately $1,300, but the goal for each South Atlantic Conference institution is $2,000. With that in mind, the SAAC decided to focus an entire week toward raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.
This week, the committee will sell Make-A-Wish® Stars on campus. Each star will cost $1, and to show the support of the Anderson University campus, every star that is purchased will be displayed at the home softball game on Saturday, March 22. Students, staff and faculty should be on the lookout for a SAAC member and be sure to purchase those stars. The committee’s goal is to sell 300 stars which will raise $300 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.
On Wednesday, the SAAC will hold a “Minute to Win It to Make-A-Wish® Come True” event in the Abney Athletic Center. The Student Government Association is co-sponsoring this event, and everyone on campus is encouraged to participate. Registration will be held through Wednesday at various on campus locations. The early registration cost is $5 per team, and late registration (at the door) will cost $7 per team. Two-person teams will compete in various “Minute to Win It” games for a chance to win Zaxby’s gift cards.
Finally, on Saturday, Keiden Howard, a local child who received his wish - a trip to Disney World - from the Make-A-Wish Foundation® last summer will be recognized prior to the first softball game (2 p.m.) and will throw out the first pitch. The SAAC is excited about having a family from the local Make-A-Wish® chapter on campus, and they hope to have a large crowd on hand to welcome Keiden and his family.
The entire Anderson University community is encouraged to participate in all events to help the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee have a successful week for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.
Every 38 minutes, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. The foundation believes that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides them in everything they do. It inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve. A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. For many, the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals say, the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better emotionally and even physically. That is why wishes matter. That is why the foundation grants wishes.