Story first appeared on edinboronow.com on Oct. 28, 2015 and in print in the Edinboro University Spectator on Oct. 29, 2015.
The NCAA recently announced that Edinboro is tops in Division II. Specifically, the Boro is better than all other D-II institutions in Make-A-Wish donations.
The official numbers from the 2014-15 school year were released and Edinboro raised $13,665.11 during that academic year. Boro’s figure was just over $500 more than the second place finisher, Molloy College, which donated $13,154.25 last school year.
“This is extremely gratifying,” Bruce Baumgartner, Edinboro’s director of athletics said via a release from the university’s sports information department. “I commend our student-athletes for the commitment they have made to Make-A-Wish. Also, this now means we will host another wish unveiling. We have been fortunate to host wish unveilings the last two years, and I think it goes without saying that there has not been another more heartwarming event in McComb Fieldhouse.”
Powered by Boro’s contributions, the PSAC was the top D-II conference in terms of donations, totaling $53,493.51. EUP was the only PSAC school in the top 20 institutions nationwide. The Peach Belt Conference was the second best in the 2014-15 year, donating $40,312.95.
After hosting its first wish reveal two years ago, Edinboro’s Student Athlete Advisory Council, the Human Performance Department and the Communication Studies Department, as well as the community and student body at large, pushed themselves to do even better.
“I also believe that our student-athletes have seen the joy that a wish unveiling brings and that has motivated them to work even harder to assist the goals of Make-A-Wish,” Baumgartner said.
“It has really had a snowball effect. I thank our student-athletes, and in particular, the many parents and fans, including the student body and community, who show up to our events and contribute.”
Nationally, D-II has seen an increase in donation as well, raising over $600,000 in an academic year for Make-A-Wish for the first time. NCAA D-II totaled $605,248.21 for the 2014-15 year. It was also the second straight record-breaking year, as they raised just under $570,000 in the 2013-14 year, the previous best. This is the third straight year that Edinboro is among the top contributors in D-II and the leading school in the PSAC.
In the 2013-14 year, Edinboro finished third nationally, first in the PSAC, and hosted Isabella Linz and granted her wish of a Hawaiian vacation. With this first place finish, Edinboro will once again host another wish reveal in McComb Fieldhouse. The night will be highly anticipated and has yet to be determined.
“It’s a night I greatly look forward to,” Baumgartner said. “We will again look to make it one of the most special nights our wish recipient will ever have.”