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PSAC tops NCAA Division II in annual Make-A-Wish fund drive; Edinboro University tops in Conference and fifth overall in D-II

10/07/2013

The NCAA has announced that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) led Division II in fundraising efforts for its annual fund drive benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation with a total of $42,100 donated in 2012-13. The total donated to Make-A-Wish in 2012-13 from all 24 Division II conferences was a record-setting $517,465, besting last year’s efforts (and the previous record) by almost $50,000.

 As previously announced, with $9,424 raised, Edinboro University student athletes raised the most money of any school in the PSAC. The University placed fifth among all schools in NCAA D-II in terms of total contributions. Only Molloy College ($12,181), University of North Georgia ($11,223), Barry University ($10,181) and Grand Canyon University ($10,069) raised more.

Two other PSAC schools, Shippensburg University ($7,168) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania ($6,591), also broke into Division II's top 10.

“We are very proud of not only our student-athletes and institutions, but we are grateful to everyone who made a charitable donation to Make-A-Wish,” said PSAC commissioner Steve Murray. “The fact that our student-athletes were able to raise a record amount of funds for Make-A-Wish speaks volumes about their determination and the generosity of the communities throughout the PSAC.”

Money raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation is used to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“Obviously we are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes this past year in regards to the Make-A-Wish campaign,” Edinboro University Director of Athletics Bruce Baumgartner said. “The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee really took on the challenge of raising money for Make-a-Wish. We had many other entities on campus who embraced these efforts as well. Our goal was to raise two wishes, and we bettered that. There is so much that goes in to being a successful student-athlete – competing to the best of your ability, performing in the classroom and embracing community service. Again, I am extremely proud to be a part of Edinboro athletics."

Coordinated by the Edinboro SAAC with assistance from Dr. Timothy Thompson’s Organizational Communication class, donations were collected at every home athletic event and through fundraising efforts such as the fifth annual Student-Athlete Auction, volleyball and basketball tournaments and raffles.

Dustin Thomas, the University’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was thrilled with the results of this year’s fund drive, noting the growth he’s seen in his years as a student athlete on the cross country and track & field teams. “I think it’s great. My first year, we raised just under $2,000, and then you get to this year, just four years later, and we raised over $9,000,” Thomas said. “I think it’s great to see how the student athletes and the University can come together to raise money for a great cause.”

Only two conferences, the PSAC and the Pacific West Conference ($40,267), surpassed the $40,000 milestone in 2012-13. Since the Division II and Make-A-Wish alliance began in 2003, Division II has donated more than $3 million to Make-A-Wish.