The St. Cloud State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has been, and will continue to be, fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through the selling of paper stars on campus. All student athletes on campus are taking part in this effort by selling stars for $1 a piece, with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a national organization that raises money to grant the wishes of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. The foundation grants a wish every 37 minutes, on average, and the SCSU SAAC group has a goal of raising $1,000 to support this effort.
Athletes began selling stars the last week of October and will continue doing so throughout the first weeks of November. Every person who donates a dollar or more to the cause fills out a star with their name which will then be hung in Halenbeck Hall.
Julie Schmitt, a junior on the swim and dive team, is the VP of SAAC and said this is the first time the group has worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Schmitt was an intern for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in her home state of Wyoming this past summer and spent her time writing stories about the children who saw their wishes come true.
“Our main goal is to raise $1,000 but this is also a big step in getting student-athletes to branch out to the rest of campus by standing up in classes and talking,” Schmitt said.
The SCSU SAAC group has already committed to donating an extra $500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. During the month of October, all Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) schools created public service announcements about the growing concern of mental health on campuses nationwide, and the SCSU SAAC video was chosen as the best and the group awarded $500.
This means the group plans on donating a minimum of $1,500 to the foundation this year, but with the help of students across campus they hope to raise even more money for a cause everyone can get behind.