Friday, September 21, 2012

The North Greenville University athletic department is proud to announce that it will partner with Make A Wish of South Carolina for the 2012-2013 athletic calendar, sponsoring a child with a life-threatening medical condition.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Based in Phoenix, the Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 212,000 wishes in the United States since its inception in 1980.

The South Carolina Chapter based out of Greenville, is proud to have granted a record amount of wishes this past year, with 140 local South Carolina kids receiving wishes. Make-A-Wish South Carolina has never turned a qualified child away and is thankful for the support of South Carolinians as Make-A-Wish South Carolina receives no government funding and relay solely on the generosity of local donors.

Throughout the 2012-2013 calendar, the North Greenville athletic department will sponsor special events to raise $6,000. Donations will also be accepted from those willing to give during NGU sponsored athletic events and others willing to give.

The mission of the 2012-2013 Make A Wish sponsor is to raise enough support to make the wish of 10-year old Zachary. Zachary, who hails from Cowpens, South Carolina was born with nine severe birth defects wishes to go to Disney World. Since his birth, Zachary has undergone 35 surgeries, the last coming on September 4th of this year.

“We are really excited to be given this opportunity,” remarked Athletic Public Relations Director Danielle Duff. “While we want to raise enough money to grant Zachary’s wish, we also want to welcome his family into OUR family.”

Assistant Athletic Director Micah Sepko also feels that this is a great opportunity. “This is the perfect opportunity for NGU to reach out to the community and make a difference in the life of a child and his family. We want to make sure that this is not a one-time thing. Hopefully we can continue the partnership with Make A Wish in the future.”

Zachary will be an honorary captain for the North Greenville football team on Saturday night when they take on Mars Hill College in the first home game of the 2012 season. Updates and information on events, and donation opportunities, will be posted regularly on