This post was written by Lauren Shear.
GW student-athletes demonstrated that they are champions in the community earlier this month, as 114 took part in the Walk for Wishes on the National Mall, raising over $2,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Walk for Wishes is a community-wide celebration and effort to grant wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. On April 10, student-athletes joined with children, families and other community members in a three-mile walk around the National Mall.
Before the walk began, the Wish families were introduced to participants on stage. "I think one of the athletes I was next to started to tear up a little bit," said women's soccer senior Brooke Bean, who served as a team captain for GW's student-athletes at Walk for Wishes. "It was amazing to see the impact Make-a-Wish has on kids and their families."
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) picked the Make-a-Wish Foundation as the primary organization to fundraise for throughout the year. Walk for Wishes presented a great opportunity to gather student-athletes to celebrate the thousands of wishes that have already been granted while raising funds for future wishes.
"It was awesome to see so many athletes, decked out in GW gear, coming together to support Make-a-Wish," said Bean. "It was so easy for us to take a short trip down Constitution Avenue and walk around the National Mall and help raise money that put a smile on a kid's face."
GW's student-athletes - who won the award for the largest team at Walk for Wishes - have joined together to volunteer for more than 9,700 hours during the 2015-16 academic year, taking home the crown as the most active community service athletic department in the nation during the fall semester in an official competition sanctioned by HelperHelper.
"One thing we stress at GW is to not only be a student or an athlete, but to give back to the community," said Bean. "Giving up an hour or two of your time a week can truly change a child's or a family's life, and that's pretty amazing."