Molloy raises most money for Make-A-Wish Foundation in NCAA Division II

By Jack A. Zolla, Director of Athletic Communications

The Molloy College Department of Athletics and its coaches, student-athletes and team personnel raised the most amount of money of any Division II institution in the country for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, says the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Molloy raised $12,181.68 for the charitable cause during the 2012-13 school year.

"We are so excited about the efforts of our student-athletes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To be number #1 in all of Division II for money raised for this great charity is unbelievable," said Molloy Director of Athletics Susan Cassidy-Lyke. "I am so proud of how they embraced this initiative and made it a focal point of their community service efforts. This attitude permeates our entire campus and it is a great feeling."

Led by the Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Division II schools across the country raised $517,465 for Make-A-Wish, besting last year's efforts by almost $50,000 and setting a new Division II fundraising record. Since beginning its alliance with Make-A-Wish in 2003, NCAA Division II has raised more than $3 million toward granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. These wishes can serve as a game-changer in children's fights against their illnesses, helping them feel better, and in some cases even get better.

"Molloy College really promotes the idea of engagement in the community and the athletic department follows suit," said John Galanoudis, Molloy College baseball student-athlete and member of Division II SAAC.  "We, as a whole, are incredibly honored to be making a difference in the lives of people who are appreciative of our support."

For the upcoming 2013-14 year, Make-A-Wish is adding a new element to Division II's fundraising efforts: a matching incentive. Every dollar that a Division II school raises beyond last year's total will be matched, up to $1,000 per school.

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