Athletics partners with Make-A-Wish Foundation

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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - Young Harris College raised $1,600 to benefit the Georgia & Alabama Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation during "Breakfast with Santa" held in the Recreation and Fitness Center Dec. 3. The event was co-sponsored by the YHC Department of Athletics, YHC Recreation and Fitness Center and Waffle House.

Young Harris College student-athletes and coaches served breakfast during the event. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus provided by S & S Pix, with all proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It is our hope that we can assist in providing a ‘dream’ for a local child,” Director of Athletics Randy Dunn said.

In addition to “Breakfast with Santa,” Young Harris College is also partnering with Make-A-Wish Foundation to present “Paws for a Cause” throughout the 2011-2012 basketball season to raise additional funds to benefit a local child.

“Our goal is to generate $10,000 by the end of the basketball season to ensure this child’s wish comes true,” YHC Recreation and Fitness Center Director Sharon Stanton said.

“Students are challenged to raise money through their residence halls, clubs and organizations. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to get involved and help this child have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Young Harris College was recently accepted as a candidate for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, which has a strong tradition of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

The Division II National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee led the NCAA in 2003 with its first national community service initiative by embarking upon a fundraiser with Make-A-Wish. Over the course of its seven-year relationship with the foundation, this advisory committee has overseen efforts to raise more than $1.5 million to assist young people with life-threatening health conditions.

For more information about “Paws for a Cause,” call the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center at 706.379.4472.