YHC Athletics Partners with Make-A-Wish Foundation

Monday, December 12, 2011

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Athletics Partners with Make-A-Wish Foundation

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College recently raised $1,600 to benefit the Georgia & Alabama Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation during "Breakfast with Santa" held in the Recreation and Fitness Center. The event was co-sponsored by the YHC Department of Athletics, YHC Recreation and Fitness Center and Waffle House.

Young Harris College student-athletes and coaches served breakfast during the event. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus provided by S & S Pix, with all proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It is our hope that we can assist in providing a ‘dream’ for a local child,” Director of Athletics Randy Dunn said.

In addition to “Breakfast with Santa,” Young Harris College is also partnering with Make-A-Wish Foundation to present “Paws for a Cause” throughout the 2011-2012 basketball season to raise additional funds to benefit a local child.

“Our goal is to generate $10,000 by the end of the basketball season to ensure this child’s wish comes true,” YHC Recreation and Fitness Center Director Sharon Stanton said. “Students are challenged to raise money through their residence halls, clubs and organizations. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to get involved and help this child have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Young Harris College was recently accepted as a candidate for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level, which has a strong tradition of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

The Division II National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee led the NCAA in 2003 with its first national community service initiative by embarking upon a fundraiser with Make-A-Wish. Over the course of its seven-year relationship with the foundation, this advisory committee has overseen efforts to raise more than $1.5 million to assist young people with life-threatening health conditions.

For more information about “Paws for a Cause,” call the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center at (706) 379-4472.

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

Members of the YHC women's soccer team (left to right) senior Kelley Lyness, of Watkinsville, Ga., and junior Kelsey Cunningham, of Cumming, Ga., serve meals at "Breakfast with Santa."

(Left to right) Hayden McClure and Jensen Goble, both of Blairsville, Ga., enjoy meeting Santa.