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Making wishes come true

Top 5 Division II Make-A-Wish fundraisers turn reveals into special moments

Led by the Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, NCAA student-athletes have raised more than $3 million for Make-A-Wish since the beginning of Division II’s partnership with the charity in 2003. Last year, Division II student-athletes raised $517,465, setting a new fundraising record and besting the previous year’s efforts by more than $50,000.

In February, the five NCAA schools that led the division in fundraising for the 2012-13 academic year hosted Wish “reveal parties,” in which Make-A-Wish recipients were invited to attend on-campus events before learning they would be getting their wishes. A few of these kids learned that they had trips to tropical destinations in their future; another young man got the puppy he had always wanted.

The schools that raised the most for 2012-13 were Molloy, North Georgia, Barry, Saint Leo and Edinboro.

“I’ve been on the SAAC committee for a few years, and we’ve been trying to raise enough money for a wish, and we finally did that last year,” said Brittany Kaltenbaugh, a member of Edinboro’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. “I think it’s really meaningful to be a part of something like this. As student-athletes, we go to class, we compete in our sports. But just to be a part of something else, and getting to give a wish to a child, it’s pretty awesome.”

This year, Make-A-Wish has added another fundraising incentive: For every dollar that a Division II school raises beyond last year’s total, the foundation will match the dollar, an offering that could add as much as $319,000 to the total next