MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University has earned a 2014 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence, honoring the school along with Michigan Tech University for their work in granting the wish of a Hancock girl through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The NCAA announced 26 conference and independent winners for this award recognizing events and activities that exemplify the type of community engagement the division emphasizes.
The winners each earn $500 for the event or activity in which they were recognized.
For the first time in the award's existence, a single conference produced two award recipients with the Upper Peninsula rivals in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference working together toward granting the wish of a 6-year-old named Madison.
Student-athletes from both schools have raised funds to help sponsor Madison's wish of going to Disney to participate in its princess program. Madison has been diagnosed with nemaline rod myopathy, a rare genetic muscular disorder. The student-athletes hope to raise $6,000 to make Madison's dreams come true.
The NMU students raised more than $1,300 during the fall, conducting fundraising activities that include selling T-shirts and collecting donations at athletic events.
NMU student-athletes have set up a donation website for contributions at tinyurl.com/MadisonWish.