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Abbey ranks 2nd in Make A Wish donations

Apr 24, 2020 12:22PM ● By Carolyn Henwood

Belmont Abbey’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) ranks second among Conference Carolinas schools in Make-A-Wish donations, according to recent standings posted by the NCAA. Crusader student-athletes have raised $1,886 during the 2019-20 academic year, just $10 behind league leader Barton.

Additionally, Conference Carolinas also ranks second in the country among Division II leagues, totalling $4,632. Only the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has done more ($5,691).

“I am so proud of our students at Belmont Abbey,” Head Women’s Volleyball Coach and SAAC Advisor Toni Elyea said. “The commitment our SAAC President, Blaise Waters, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee has brought to the Make-A-Wish Foundation through events like Mr. Crusader has shown they are committed to helping children that are battling a critical illness. So much is taken away from a child and family during this time and our students know that raising funds for Make-a-Wish is something that gives kids the opportunity to look outside their illness — it restores a sense of childhood. We are honored to support children like Avery Wilson, (who beat cancer last year). We look forward to continuing one of our favorite events of the year to help a child make his wish a reality.”

Since 2003, NCAA DII has partnered with Make-A-Wish America as a national sponsor to help raise millions and grant hundreds of wishes for children battling critical illnesses. Currently, the NCAA is only able to grant the wishes of half of all eligible children. But, with your continued support championing our wish kids, that number can increase. Whether you raise money with your school or team, or if you are donating as a fan, together we can reach our goal.