June 7, 2013

Bobcat Athletics Earns Make-A-Wish Honor

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HILTON HEAD, S.C. – For the second-straight season, the Georgia College Department of Athletics was recognized with the Make-A-Wish Most Improved award by the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) office.

The Bobcats, led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) under the guidance of Assistant Athletic Director Ginger Chaffinch, have had an amazing turnaround in raising funds for the NCAA Division II partnership philanthropy.

In the 2010-11 season, the Bobcats raised $500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, boosting that number up to $2,434 the following year to take Most Improved honors the first time. The Bobcats did it again this year, raising $4,237 during the 2012-13 school year.

Led by president Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) from women’s basketball, and vice presidents Allison Lones (Kathleen, Ga.) of women’s cross country and Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) of men’s tennis, the Georgia College SAAC raised funds through multiple events, including a year-long raffle, the first Student-Athlete Semi-Formal, the Milledgeville Open Tennis Tournament and others.

The Bobcats finished third overall this season in Make-A-Wish funds, behind only the University of North Georgia and Young Harris College.

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