Division II

Make-A-Wish: Pittsburg State University

On Jan. 30, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Pittsburg State University hosted a Make-A-Wish celebration for Lily Clarke during a basketball game against Northwest Missouri State University. Lily, a 7-year-old with a congenital heart condition, wished to meet "Les Miserables" Broadway actor, Alfie Boe. During the event, fans took part in the celebration by dressing up, acting as paparazzi and voting for their favorite Broadway-themed lip sync battle act. SAAC members raised additional funds for Make-A-Wish during the event. Pittsburg State earned the honor of hosting the wish celebration for Lily by raising over $7,500 for Make-A-Wish during the 2014-15 academic year.

Watch a video of the event here. >
Award of Excellence: Goldey-Beacom College

On Oct. 30, 2015, Goldey-Beacom College held a Halloween 5K Costume Run and Fun Run in conjunction with Bras for the Cause to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. A local radio station partnered with Goldey-Beacom's SAAC to organize a Bras for the Cause phone-a-thon throughout the month of October. The SAAC participated in various community engagement/fundraising opportunities leading up to the event, including staffing a donation table on campus nine hours per day in October and serving on the "Bra Brigade," which collected additional donations from community members. In total, the student-athletes put in more than 500 hours of community service leading up to the event. On the day of the event, more than 400 people attended, and awards were given for the best individual costume, as well as the best department costume. With the engagement of the entire community, Goldey-Beacom donated more than $2,000 to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. The event was broadcast by the local radio station and two local news stations.

Read more about the event here. >