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The Division II Make-A-Wish program

While Division II schools engage with their communities locally, the division also recognizes the need to contribute on a national scale.

There’s no better example of that commitment than Division II’s long-standing relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. The Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which is the primary student-based group that contributes to policy-making for the division, established the Make-A-Wish partnership in 2003 and has since become one of the foundation’s largest and most consistent contributors.

Division II has raised more than $4.7 million toward granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. More than 500 “wishes” have been granted through Division II contributions. These wishes can serve as a game changer in children’s fights against their illnesses, helping them feel better, and in some cases even get better.

The Division II SAAC also adopted a new model for funding the initiative. Money from championship and enforcement fines has traditionally been used to support the Division II partnership with Make-A-Wish. SAAC asked that the division earmark this money in a more specific fashion.

Beginning in 2016, a portion of the fine money will be used to ensure all 24 Division II conferences have the opportunity to host a Make-A-Wish reveal party at one of their campuses.

Before, schools needed to raise $8,500 to host a wish reveal; now, if a conference does not have a school that reaches the fundraising minimum, SAAC will award the highest-fundraising school in that conference with enough money to reach the $8,500 mark.

Annual totals for the Make-A-Wish campaign
2003-04 $45,757
2004-05 $80,658
2005-06 $116,950
2006-07 $208,022
2007-08 $316,958
2008-09 $359,187
2009-10 $407,683
2010-11 $405,752
2011-12 $468,569
2012-13 $517,465
2013-14 $567,778
2014-15 $605,248
2015-16 $608,058
Total: $4,708,085