The University of Mount Olive Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) won the Conference Carolinas MVP Award for raising the most money for Make-A-Wish Foundation® in the 2017-18 academic year. The Trojans have won the conference MVP award four out of the last five years. Make-A-Wish is the designated charity of the NCAA Division II SAAC.
Mount Olive fundraisers ranged from 50/50 drawings at home basketball games to a student/faculty lip sync Battle as well as student talent shows.
UMO Associate Director of Athletics and Compliance Coordinator Dr. LaToya Lindsey serves as the advisor to SAAC and women's lacrosse student-athlete Casey Gover serves as President and shared her thoughts on the accolade.
"I know I can speak for the entire UMO SAAC when I say that our involvement with the Make a Wish Foundation is a true blessing. Coming together as one team to raise money for this beautiful cause is our main goal. SAAC is constantly working in collaborative efforts to support the Make a Wish Foundation. Just knowing that we are making a difference in families lives, hopefully making a wish come true, is why we do what we do," said Gover. "SAAC strives to make a difference, make improvements, and Make a Wish come true!"
Conference Carolinas recognizes the outstanding fundraising efforts by its Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) by presenting three annual awards to the institutions that make the biggest impact. The awards are the MVP Award, Comeback Award, and Top Play Award.
The NCAA Division II mission encourages a number of experiences by its student-athletes, with community engagement being one of the most paramount. In 2003, NCAA Division II institutions took that notion to heart and partnered with Make-A-Wish to help grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.