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Division II announces fundraising totals for Make-A-Wish

Schools have raised more than $6.2 million since 2003

During the 2018-19 academic year, Division II schools raised $398,000 for Make-A-Wish as part of their ongoing partnership. Division II schools have raised more than $6.2 million and granted more than 740 wishes since 2003.

Schools in all 24 Division II conferences participated in fundraising, including every school in both the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference was the top fundraising conference, bringing in $54,904. For the fourth consecutive year, North Georgia was the top fundraising school, raising $23,929.

“Across Division II, we continue to see our schools fired up to support Make-A-Wish and celebrate the amazing life-changing impacts each year,” said Alex Shillow, chair of the Division II SAAC and a student-athlete who plays football at Texas A&M-Commerce.

SAAC continued to use an allocation model adopted four years ago, which earmarks money collected from Division II championships and enforcement fines as a supplement to institutional fundraising to help schools host a wish reveal celebration on campus. Last year, five schools raised more than $10,000 — the national average cost of granting a wish — and automatically earned a wish reveal celebration. An additional nine schools received money from the allocation model to help them meet the minimum fundraising requirement for hosting a wish reveal.

Division II’s ongoing support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation aligns with the division’s mission of ensuring student-athletes live a life balanced among academics, athletics and community engagement.

“Through this partnership, we see the value of what being a servant for others can do,” Shillow said. “That is the exciting part, where we see everyone work so hard to bring happiness to people they don't know because we all believe in the same cause. We want to grant wishes so kids have the opportunity to make it theirs, just as we make it ours.”

Schools earning wish reveals
North Georgia
Grand Valley State
West Chester
Holy Names
UC San Diego
Texas A&M-Commerce
Lindenwood (Missouri)
Lake Superior State
New Haven
Conference totals:  
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference $54,904
Peach Belt Conference $38,325
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference $37,140
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference $31,140
South Atlantic Conference $21,751
Pacific West Conference $16,093
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association $14,622
East Coast Conference $14,154
Northeast-10 Conference $14,005
Lone Star Conference $13,312
California Collegiate Athletic Association $11,852
Heartland Conference $11,653
Great Midwest Athletic Conference $10,660
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference $10,484
Mountain East Conference $10,159
Gulf South Conference $9,981
Great Lakes Valley Conference $8,664
Conference Carolinas $5,306
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference $4,995
Great Northwest Athletic Conference $4,845
Sunshine State Conference $4,720
Great American Conference $2,142
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association $762
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference $164
School totals:  
University of North Georgia $23,929
Grand Valley State University $11,000
West Chester University of Pennsylvania $10,314
Gannon University $10,311
Davenport University $10,025
Holy Names University $9,922
University of California, San Diego $8,589
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania $7,425
Texas A&M University-Commerce $6,445
University of Minnesota Duluth $5,910
Lindenwood University $5,574
Molloy College $5,544
Lake Superior State University $5,460
University of New Haven $5,360