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Patriots entertain Make-A-Wish families

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University hosted several Make-A-Wish Foundation families at a recent home basketball doubleheader, and the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) continued its tradition of the Halftime Halfcourt Shootout to raise funds for Make-A-Wish.

Several volunteers with the Florence chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation were also present at the game. Their chapter serves the Pee Dee region of eastern South Carolina and is one of the oldest chapters in the state.

SAAC president Amanda Doyle, a member of the Patriot cross country team, and secretary/treasurer Jessica Birchmeier, an FMU softball player, helped entertain the Make-A-Wish families at the game.

Pictures were taken with the FMU cheerleaders and members of the Patriot men’s basketball team.

“The SAAC organizations at the NCAA Division II level all help raise funds for this worthwhile effort,” said FMU director of athletics Murray Hartzler. “However, this day allowed our student-athletes to get an up-close-and-personal look at Make-A-Wish. It is one thing to give money, but another to actually meet young people who are fighting the battle of their lives and who just want to live out a dream. We hope our guests enjoyed their afternoon at FMU.”

On April 9, the SAAC at FMU will hold a benefit Bar-B-Que with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish.

At all FMU home basketball games, the SAAC hosts its Halftime Halfcourt Shootout. For only a dollar, any fan can attempt a halfcourt shot to win an FMU beach towel with all monies raised going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Last Published: February 4, 2009 9:13 AM
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