Sports calendar to wield wish wands

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor

Pitt-Johnstown students involved in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee are to produce a sports-themed calendar raise funds for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Pitt-Johnstown’s 12 sports teams fit the calendar, and Committee President Kevin McDonald said there are plans to have team photographs for each sport.

McDonald said the calendar would have dates marked with the school’s athletic games, meets and matches.

The calendar is to support Make-a-Wish Foundation by featuring a sponsored child on each page with biographical descriptions, photographs or “Wish Art”.

Assistant Athletic Director Abby Gearhart-Hoffman said “Wish Art” is a picture drawn by a sponsored child that depicts their wish, like a pony or an astronaut.

McDonald said the calendar’s proceeds are to go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

“Our goal is to be the No. 1 one college that raises the most money in the nation.”

McDonald said he would also like to incorporate the Alternative Community Resource Program into the calendar in some way due to their involvement with the committee.

The calendars should be available in December, and are to be made available through athletes and ,possibly, concession stands.

Gearhart-Hoffman said she is excited about the calendar as a fundraiser and as a tool to gain further fan support.

The committee has also successfully carried out other fundraisers, including breast-cancer-awareness games that raised $800 for the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center.

Gearhart-Hoffman said members have already put in 500 hours of community service.

Gearhart-Hoffman also said women’s soccer players are planning a food drive to give aid to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Gearhart-Hoffman said committee events seem to have increased fan support, which is one of Gearhart-Hoffman’s secondary objectives.

Gearhart-Hoffman said she is trying to revive the Mountain Cat Maniacs, and thinks that students who attend these events may be key to the revival.

“I want to create an environment, so students can go crazy and have fun,” Gearhart-Hoffman said.

“I want it to be a silly, goofy … embarrass yourself kind of thing.”