HILTON HEAD, S.C. – At this week’s annual Peach Belt Conference (PBC) athletic directors meeting, the conference office gave out a slew of annual honors, with the Georgia College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) winning the PBC Make-A-Wish Most Improved Award.
Overall, Peach Belt Conference institutions raised $36,059, an increase of over $10,000 from last year with half of the 14 schools giving a thousand or more.
Among that number is Georgia College who won the Most Improved Award after boosting their efforts from $500 a year ago to $2,434 this year. That amount is the fourth-highest in the Peach Belt.
The Peach Belt Conference as a whole increased their giving to the Make-A-Wish foundation for the third year in a row and should threaten to win the national award for conference giving.
North Georgia set a league record by raising $12,000 for Make-A-Wish, eclipsing their own mark of $10,625 last year. The Saints remain the only PBC school to reach the five-digit mark in their annual campaign, which they have now done for two years in a row.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 66 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 171,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception. Make-A-Wish and NCAA Division II entered into a partnership in 2003.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at www.twitter.com/BobcatSports and www.facebook.com/gcbobcats for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information.