Monday, December 3, 2012

UIS hosts Make-a-Wish fundraiser

Dozens of kids are breaking a sweat to raise money to help other kids who may not be able to be as active.

Friday night, about 75 kids played tennis, basketball, soccer, and volleyball, among other activities. It was "Kids Night Out" at UIS.

Children aged 5-13 spent $20 to hang out with UIS student athletes, and all proceeds from the event benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Last year, Kids Night Out raised $1,800 for the foundation, and organizers are counting on another successful year.

"We get to see the kids we're impacting and knowing we're so lucky to be able to do these things and other kids sometimes aren't as fortunate," Tina Buck of the UIS Student Athlete Advisory Committee said. "So it really makes us feel good that we're giving other kids an opportunity."

UIS student athletes plan several fundraisers throughout the year, with a goal of sending $3,000 to the Make-A-Wish foundation at the end of the school year.

The story was featured by WICS-TV 20 on December 3, 2012.

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