Assists for Kids is a slam dunk for children’s hospital
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Gonzaga University’s fans are known for providing a “6th man” energy at the McCarthey Center. The support Gonzaga fans emote as the Bulldogs take on some of the most notorious teams across the country is legendary. On Wednesday, November 29, Gonzaga took on Incarnate Word. Thousands of fans who cheer on the team electrified the air turning their attention not only on the game, but on that of 5-year-old Sawyer Elliot.
Elliot accepted the game ball as part of Numerica Credit Union’s “Assists for Kids” Community Partner Night. Accompanying her was her mom, Tawnya, and big sister, Harper who were joined by Gonzaga Athletic Director, Mike Roth, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals representative, Peg Currie, and Numerica’s President and CEO, Carla Cicero. The game ball presentation captured the heart of the evening as she strutted out to center court, ponytail swaying with her excitement, and waved to the student section.
The evening showcased Numerica’s commitment to the community and the life-saving work of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN). Credit Unions and CMN have a long-standing relationship, and this was yet another opportunity to embrace the shared philosophy of people helping people.
“Numerica is committed to giving back to our community,” said Cicero. “We are proud to lend a helping hand to Children’s Miracle Network, an organization that provides so much healing and support.”
Numerica’s sponsored evening gave the CMN team and families the opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bulldog’s home court as well as $50 for each Gonzaga assist in the game.
In total, the evening earned $1,100 for CMN to help with their mission to raise funds for children’s hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues.
“Time and time again, Numerica answers the call of our hospital to support the patients and families we serve,” said Kirsten Carlile, Director of Family Support Services. “[This] was the first game for each of our miracle kids in attendance. The excitement of the Kennel tour, a reception just for them (with kid friendly food), on court t-shirt toss & the game ball presentation were experiences they will never forget (nor will their parents)!”
ASSISTS FOR KIDSNumerica is proud to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at tonight’s Gonzaga men’s basketball game with a $50 donation for every GU assist. Special thanks to 5-year old Sawyer, who accepted tonight’s game ball! #GiveWhereYouLive#GoZagsGonzaga Bulldogs – Official Site
Posted by Numerica Credit Union on Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Elliot was just one of the children in attendance for the game, each having their own inspirational story of a life impacted by CMN. She was born at 28-weeks, weighing less than two pounds. She received expert level care at the hospital, and after four months was able to go home. Sawyer is now a happy, healthy little girl and a life-time Zags fan.
Carlile shared her thoughts of the evening, “To see these patients out of the hospital thriving is always wonderful but when you add it with a special night where they can just be kids and forget their illness or injury, it’s magical!”