On April 10, 2016, the Missouri University of Science and Technology community had the opportunity to host a Make-A-Wish celebration for a local youth battling lymphoma. Joey, the eight-year-old from Missouri, was joined by his parents and older siblings to the Miners’ basketball court where he learned his wish to go to Disney World had come true. Joey had the opportunity to become an honorary member of Missouri S&T’s baseball team and attend all of the Miner sporting events for the 2016-17 school year. During the celebration, Joey received an autographed football from his favorite player, Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, who overcame the same type of cancer as Joey. Missouri S&T earned the honor of hosting Joey’s wish celebration by raising the most money of all the institutions in the GLVC during the 2014-2015 school year.
During the month of September 2015, Central State was dedicated to raising awareness to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in honor of former Central State student-athlete and coach, Trona Logan. The Central State community organized an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, coed charity basketball game, community walk and an online fundraising event. Over 100 individuals participated in the basketball game with over 300 participants during the community walk. Central State was able to raise thousands of dollars in support of Trona Logan and her fight against ALS. The Marauder Athletic Department honored Trona Logan by retiring her #30, Women’s Basketball jersey during the annual Hall of Fame Luncheon.