Student-Athletes Make a Wish Come True

The Arkansas Tech University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) made a young person’s wish come true on Monday night.

Following a successful fund-raising effort by the Arkansas Tech SAAC, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted a wish to a boy named Dustin at the conclusion of Arkansas Tech’s 80-52 women’s basketball victory over Harding University at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Dustin will be sent on a shopping spree. During an on-court interview, Dustin told the Tucker Coliseum crowd that he was most looking forward to owning a Sony PlayStation video game system.

The Arkansas Tech SAAC raised more than $8,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation during the 2014-15 academic year. It was the highest single-year Make-A-Wish fund-raising total ever achieved by a Great American Conference institution.

Funds were raised through volleyball and baseball jersey auctions, the Golden Suns softball team’s “Pack the Berm” game and the SAAC’s Jingle Bell Jog 5K.

According to the Make-A-Wish Foundation website, its mission is to “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”

Learn more about the partnership between NCAA Division II and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.