Division II

Award of Excellence: Winona State University

For a couple hours on the evening of Oct. 15, 2017, the Winona State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the Healthy Kids Zombie Crawl. In conjunction with the community hospital, Winona Health, local kids ages 5-12 were invited with their families for two free hours of fun, healthy and engaging entertainment. Each athletic team was responsible for providing either a healthy snack or physical activity for the afternoon of fun. Warrior student-athletes shared their experiences being a student-athlete while meeting almost 160 local youth in the two-hour span.

Make-A-Wish: Shippensburg

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Shippensburg Athletics Department, in conjunction with the Shippensburg SAAC, hosted a memorable Make-A-Wish reveal for local 7-year-old Liam Kepner. On Jan. 11, 2016, Liam was diagnosed with medulloblastoma just two weeks after his fifth birthday. Medulloblastoma is relatively rare, accounting for less than 2 percent of all primary brain tumors and 18 percent of all pediatric brain tumors. Through Make-A-Wish and Shippensburg SAAC, Liam was granted his wish to go to Legoland. Read more here.