The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has been ranked fifth among more than 280 schools in the NCAA Division II for fundraising. The announcement was made Wednesday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. NCAA Division II promotes the attributes of learning, service, passion, sportsmanship, resourcefulness, and balance.
Pitt-Johnstown student-athletes, along with their peers within Division II, raise money annually to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last year, Division II student-athletes across the nation raised $405,752 for the charity. Pitt-Johnstown student-athletes contributed $6,370 to that total through a number of fundraising initiatives including an annual charity basketball game featuring the Pitt-Johnstown faculty/staff against the students. The fourth annual event, held in April, raised a record $2,400 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The other schools included in the ranking are North Georgia College and State University, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Abilene Christian University, and University of Massachusetts.
The efforts of the Pitt-Johnstown student-athletes are not limited to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last year, through a number of events, they raised more than $1,500 for the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center and Windber Research Institute. The student-athletes also completed 1,650 hours of community service with the Alternative Community Resource Program (ACRP), where the students assisted with neighborhood clean-ups, assisted with after-school programs, and served as positive role models for ACRP clients.
Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Director Pat Pecora commented, “We are Mountain Cat proud of Pitt-Johnstown’s student-athletes who work hard in the classroom, in athletics competition, and in the community. Their accomplishments are impressive, especially in this case raising money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which does such good work for young people in need.”
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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