By McKenzie Julian, Sports Information Student Assistant
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – NCAA Division II has helped raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2003. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Division II schools raised over $474,000 collectively for the nonprofit, with Georgia College raising over $8,600.
Since Georgia College raised over $5,000, they met the requirement to host a wish reveal for the fifth straight year. Last year, the Bobcats raised about $8,500 and were able to host a wish reveal for Ami and her family to go meet Barney at an amusement park in Florida.
Schools from all 24 Division II conferences raised donations for Make-A-Wish. The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) donated over $52,000 as a whole.
Over the past 15 years, the division has raised more than $5.7 million, enabling 697 kids across the nation to fulfill their wishes.
“The Make-A-Wish and Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee partnership truly highlights the values and goals within the division,” said Josh Shapiro, Division II SAAC chair. “Student-athletes all across the division have shown that they are passionate about helping children in need.”
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup and the 2017 PBC Sportsmanship Institution of the Year, 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 @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.