The basketball game on Jan. 30 was a very special black-tie affair, thanks to the hard work of the PSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a little girl named Lily.
SAAC hosted the Make-A-Wish celebration between the Women’s and Men’s games against Northwest Missouri State University for Lily, a 7-year-old from Wichita, Kan., who has a congenital heart condition.
Lily has dreamed of going to Broadway and meeting Alfie Boe, the actor who plays Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” and the SAAC was able to make that wish come true by raising more than $7,500 during the 2014-15 school year. For their hard work, NCAA Division II selected PSU SAAC to host a wish reveal.
The entire day was planned by SAAC. Lily was treated to lunch of her favorite foods with members of SAAC. She met both the men’s and women’s basketball teams and sat on the bench with the women’s team during the second half of their game against Northwest Missouri.
The real celebration began between the men’s and women’s games. The gym went dark and flashes began to go off as a red carpet was unfurled to center court. Lily was escorted to her seat at center court by baseball player Dylan Donley, where members of SAAC showered her with gifts that were clues about things that she would be doing in New York. She was treated to a performance from “Les Miserables” and then the voice of Alfie Boe filled the gym as he greeted Lily and invited her to spend time backstage with him before the show.
Both the Pittsburg State and Northwest Missouri teams wore Make-A-Wish shirts for pre-game warm-ups in honor of Lily and Broadway and New York themed songs were played.
PSU SAAC is already working to raise money for this year’s Make-A-Wish goal. Anyone wanting to make a donation to Make-A-Wish for Pittsburg State can do so by visiting https://ssl.wish.org/NCAADII/, choosing Kansas for the state and Pittsburg State for the school.