News Release

Daniel Lauletta, Coordinator of Sports Info
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

SAAC to Host Team Basket Silent Auction Benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation on Saturday

Friday, February 17, 2012 - New Castle, DE

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The Wilmington men’s and women’s basketball teams will be playing in their last home games of the season on Saturday, February 18, and will honor the seniors for their hard work and dedication during their time as a Wildcat. The game will also be the final home game inside the Pratt Center, as the teams will move to a new facility next season.

But the most important venue on Saturday will be happening off the court as Wilmington University will host its annual Team Basket Silent Auction with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, sponsored by the Wildcat Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

In addition to the silent auction, SAAC president Paul Riggio and the executive committee will be collecting donations and handing out stars for Make-A-Wish throughout the afternoon.

Each Wilmington University sponsored sport will create a personal theme and put a basket together to put up for auction. Among the baskets include a trip to watch the Philadelphia Flyers, a golf four-some combo pack and a Pixar and Princess theme for younger fans.

Riggio, also the Chair of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference SAAC committee, along with women’s soccer/lacrosse Liz Case (vice president), volleyball’s Brittany Biddle (secretary) and golf’s Sam Sachs (treasurer) comprise the executive board for the Silent Auction and look to surpass the club’s $1,400 amount raised during last year’s charity event.

“Our goal is to promote the image of student-athletes in the community, classroom, to the faculty and staff and amongst each other,” Riggio, a senior on the cross country team, said. “This silent auction and helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation allows us to do just that.”

The foundation’s website states that since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.

The women’s basketball team will open play against Post starting at 1 p.m. and honor its lone senior, Candace Phrance before the opening tip.

The men’s team will follow with the final game at the Pratt Center starting at 3 p.m. while honoring its seven seniors during halftime of their game.

The Silent Auction will begin prior to and run through halftime of the men’s game. The winners of each basket will be announced during the second half of the final game.