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YHC Athletics Partners with Make-A-Wish Foundation

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310,

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

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College recently hosted “Breakfast with Santa” in the Recreation and Fitness Center to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia. The annual event was co-sponsored by the YHC Department of Athletics, YHC Recreation and Fitness Center, Sodexo and the Always Christmas store in Hiawassee.

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.

According to Director of Athletics Randy Dunn, the Department of Athletics has a goal to generate $10,000 for Make-A-Wish this year. For the 2011-2012 athletics season, YHC contributed $6,500 to Make-A-Wish, the second-highest out of the 14 colleges and universities in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).

“Make-A-Wish is very important to our student-athletes, the College, the PBC and the National Collegiate Athletic Association as a whole,” Dunn said. “It is such a worthwhile project that changes the lives of so many children across the country. YHC is proud to be able to assist in providing a wish for a terminally ill child.”

In November, YHC kicked off “Paws for a Cause,” which will be presented throughout the 2012-2013 basketball season to raise additional funds to benefit a local child. Additionally, a 50/50 raffle will be available during select home games during the basketball, softball and baseball seasons.

YHC is now in Candidacy Year Two for membership in the NCAA at the Division II level, which has a strong tradition of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a global charity that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Since establishing a national alliance with Make-A-Wish in 2003, the NCAA Division II has raised more than $1.9 million in support of the Make-A-Wish mission.

“People look up to us as student-athletes, and it is important to set a positive example by reaching out to others and giving a child the opportunity to live out their dreams,” said women’s cross country team member Nicole Smith, a freshman education major from Ball Ground, Ga.

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

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is 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. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, 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 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

(Left to right) Anne and Grace Gibson of Hayesville, N.C., enjoy meeting Santa.