North Georgia Again Leads Nation in Make-A-Wish Giving; PBC Second Among Conferences

North Georgia Again Leads Nation in Make-A-Wish Giving; PBC Second Among Conferences
DAHLONEGA - For the fourth straight year, the University of North Georgia Department of Athletics led NCAA Division II in Make-A-Wish fundraising, generating nearly $24,000 for the foundation in 2018-19, the NCAA national office announced Tuesday afternoon.  That helped the Peach Belt finish second among all DII conferences with $38,325 raised last year.

During the 2018-19 academic year, Division II schools raised $398,000 for Make-A-Wish as part of their ongoing partnership. Division II schools have raised more than $6.2 million and granted more than 740 wishes since 2003.

As a result of the efforts of the Nighthawk Nation, North Georgia was one of 13 institutions to be given the opportunity to grant a wish and were one of just five schools to raise over $10,000, the average cost of granting a wish.

The Peach Belt Conference raised over $38,000, the second most by a conference in the nation, trailing only the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, who fundraised the most money for the fifth straight year.  The PBC has finished among the top three conferences for six years in a row, generating over $300,000 during that span.

Earlier this year, North Georgia hosted its eighth Make-A-Wish child, welcoming sixteen-year-old Luke England to the Nighthawk Nation as an honorary captain for North Georgia's women's soccer team.
 
The full NCAA release can be seen here.