November 7, 2013

Ferris State Student-Athletes Helping Support Make-A-Wish Foundation

By Nichole Boehnke
FerrisStateBulldogs.com

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is working with Northwood University to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

The schools are partnering up to support Clark Crawford, a child of the Midland community who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Their goal is to raise $1,500 by Dec. 3. The money will go towards making his wish of attending the Superbowl come true.

Last year, Ferris State University Athletics donated a check for nearly $1,500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This year, SAAC members voted for each of the Bulldogs' 17 varsity teams to be accountable for raising at least $100 by the December deadline. The teams are responsible for organizing their own fundraisers. Many are choosing to organize these around other athletic events, such as before the start of home hockey and basketball games.

Senior Ashley Swanson from the women's golf team was recently a part of a team bake sale to raise money. Their starting goal was the mandatory $100, but by the end of the day they raised nearly $500 total.

"The whole team participated and helped make treats," Swanson said. "We plan on doing more fundraising for the foundation in the spring again as a team.  It helps a great cause."

SAAC members from Ferris and Northwood worked together to organize an event to increase fundraising opportunities. The Ferris State football game at Northwood on Saturday, Nov. 9, will be dedicated to the cause. They are working together to bring attention to the event and increase donations before the official deadline.

Students from both schools are encouraged to attend the game and Ferris students will have free entrance with a valid student ID. During halftime, the Midland recipient and SAAC members from both schools will be recognized.

"T-shirts will be for sale at the game and all proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish. Printed on the grey shirts is the phrase, 'Two Teams, One Dream' and both school logos," said SAAC vice president Andrew Harper.

The shirts are being sold for $6 and the SAAC members from Ferris agreed to all buy their own during a recent meeting to get their teams involved before the game.

While December is an early deadline, SAAC members will continue to fundraise for Make-A-Wish throughout the rest of the school year.  This cause is just another great example of Ferris State University student-athletes working to help their community. 

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