This year the Malone University SAAC is asking students to participate in donating money to the Make-a-Wish foundation. There are many reasons why the Make-a-Wish foundation is something that the SAAC is supporting.
“SAAC stands for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and it’s an organization that is run at every NCAA sponsored school,” said Jon Zimmerly, senior co-president of SAAC.
SAAC selected to support Make-a-Wish for several reasons.
“Participating in Make-a-Wish can help make people’s lives better and I really enjoy doing that,” said Zimmerly. “I think it’s a great cause. For charities out there, this is one that is pretty well known, so people know their money is going to a good cause.”
SAAC will be running multiple events throughout the end of the school year to help raise money for the charity event. One of the events featured will be change wars throughout the dorm.
“Our main focus is going to be doing chang collections throughout the dorms and making it a competition to get more community involvement,” said Maggie Hamrock, sophomore SAAC representative.
Another event SAAC has done to raise some money was doing half court shots at the end of the basketball season.
“I think we are going to get a lot of participation because people know what Make-a-Wish is and want to help people,” said Hamrock.
As Christians we are reminded of the virtues of altruism when it comes to generosity.
“It goes in hand with the Christian values of not letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing (Matthew 6:3). To give to a charity we don’t want to be recognized for our generosity,” said Lorne Strausbaugh, senior co-president of SAAC. “We have been given gifted bodies, and we want to be able to give back in some way,” Strausbaugh said.
In the G-MAC conference each school is participating in a competition to see who raises the most money. A total of $10,000 is needed to grant a wish, and the school that raises the most money is given the opportunity to reveal the wish on their campus.
Last year Cedarville raised the most money and was granted the opportunity to reveal the wish on their campus. Since switching conferences, SAAC thinks Malone has a fair shot at raising the most money to be able to reveal the wish in the gym.
Fundraising will continue until May. Students can continue to donate money in the change wars on campus as well as softball charity events in the spring.
SAAC will also host a laser tag fundraiser event in the gym the April 1, the Saturday following Nike Airband. This event will allow fundraising for the athletes on campus for things like ropes at graduation. This will also be a fun low cost event students can participate in to help contribute toward a good cause.
Grant Burke is a staff writer for The Aviso.