The Seattle University Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) organized the ninth annual Swishes for Wishes charity basketball game between a squad of student leaders and a team of faculty and staff members, held Wednesday night at the Connolly Center to raise money for the Alaska and Washington Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Thanks to the generosity of students living in the residence halls who donated their change during the Penny Wars competition, as well as those spectators who bought T-shirts, baked goods, and the ability for one team to add a player for a minute at a time, over $1600 was raised to benefit Make-A-Wish, the organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
In one of the most competitive contests in the nine-year history of the charity basketball game, the faculty/staff team, once again coached by Tim Leary, Seattle U executive vice-president, held on for a 59-56 victory over the student team, coached by student body president Eric Chalmers with assistance from RedZone president Lauren Maza.
The evening featured performances by the Seattle U Cheer and Dance Team and Redline, the Seattle U drum line. Members of SAAC put together the entire evening, including a game of knockout and a half-court shootout during timeouts, as the Swishes for Wishes game is one of the council’s major projects each year.
Including Wednesday’s contest, the Seattle U SAAC has now raised close to $12,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation during the nine-year history of the charity game.