Students make wishes come true

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Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 7:50 AM
Students make wishes come true by Tracy Geibel

Everson Reynolds, 10, suffers from polycystic kidney disease. For the longest time, he dreamnt of visiting California. He wanted to see the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Lego Land.

His wish came true in February at McComb Fieldhouse. During a Fighting Scots men’s basketball game, student athletes revealed the trip’s date and presented him with an array of other gifts.

Through the support of donors and volunteers, the Make-A-Wish program grants a wish approximately every 37 minutes in the United States. Edinboro students are among these donors. For eight years, students in Applied Communicators of Edinboro (ACE) and communication studies have worked along with the athletics department to hold “Big Wish” events across campus.

On Saturday, April 23, the Glow Run will be held at the gazebo near Mallory Lake at 8:30 p.m.

Students who race will receive a glow bracelet and glow sticks, and those who pre-register will have T-shirts, too. This 5K race will require students to run about three times around the inner campus loop. It costs $15 to register. Registration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. To pre-register, visit runsignup. com/Race/PA/Edinboro/ GlowRunEdinboro.

The Glow Disc Tournament will also be held Saturday night. It is a night-time disc golf event, where students will throw glowing disks into lit baskets at the university’s disc golf course. The top female and male will both receive disc shoulder bags with four discs, but the first 50 people to register will receive a glow disc.

“The glow disc golf and glow run on April 23 will offer something new and challenging for many students,” Edinboro university professor Dr. Tim Thompson said. “It’s the stuff stories are made of.”

“I love the game of disc golf, and the beauty of it is, once you have the discs, it’s free,’ he continued.

Students can register for $10 and others can register for $15. It will be held at the gazebo near Mallory Lake from 6 to 8:30 p.m., along with the Glow Run Registration. However, in order to pre-register for this event, potential participants should email tournament director Max Sheppard, at

Additionally, on Thursday, April 21 at 5 p.m. a 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center gym. It will cost $10 per team. Registration begins at 4 p.m.

On April 7, the third annual “Wings for Wishes” event was held at the Edinboro Hotel Bar. Eight teams competed to eat 40 wings at the fastest pace. As part of the event, the last person, dubbed the “wing man” or “wing woman” had to finish by eating 20 wings.

President of ACE, the communications club, Kelly Allen spoke about her involvement in the programs. She joined during her junior year. ACE is also involved in planning the Make a Wish events.

“I immediately fell in love with the students in the club, and their passion surly showed to be the same as mine,” she said.

She became president in Fall 2015. As president she wanted “to do the best I could for the organization” and to “show Make-A-Wish how much their services mean to us.”

Allen encourages students to come out to one or several of the events.

“When students come out and support us in our events, it shows how much Make-A-Wish means to Edinboro University,” Allen said. “I personally know two or three of my friends who are part of “Make-A-Wish” families, and seeing their reaction when they hear how much we are doing for the foundation is priceless.”

“It is a true feel good moment when fellow classmates and community members come out and embrace the true meaning of our fundraisers.”

The athletics department also sponsors the student athlete auction, and this year Dr. Rebecca Wehler’s “Management of Sport and Physical Education Programs” class hosted the “Make a Swish, Grant a Wish” tournament, where students set a record for the world’s largest knock-out tournament.

Tracy Geibel is the Executive Editor for The Spectator and she can be reached at

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