The Sea Lions will be dedicating the event to Brittany Wnek and will honor her at halftime of the men’s basketball game.
Brittany Wnek is the daughter of Barb Wnek, PLNU volleyball coach from 1990-2003 and member of the PLNU and NAIA Hall of Fames. Barb is PLNU’s winningest coach in volleyball history with 349 wins and a .649 winning percentage.
[Brittany] has had countless surgeries for a very rare form of cancer,” said Russ Blunck, PLNU’s associate athletic director, who said Make-A-Wish has donated funds to the Wneks in the past for their many travel expenses “back and forth to specialist all over the country.”
Donations will be accepted at all four PLNU sporting events during the day including tennis, baseball and the men’s and women’s basketball games. Each donation will earn a Make-A-Wish star and be entered into a raffle for a variety of prizes. The men’s tennis match will start at 10 a.m. with the baseball doubleheader against Cal State Monterey Bay getting underway at 11 a.m. The basketball doubleheader against Dominican will begin at 2 p.m.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will also be hosting a dodgeball tournament in Golden Gymnasium following the basketball games to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Teams will consist of six players, two of which must be females. The tournament is open to students, as well as the community. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Cost is $5 per person. Registration will be available at all PLNU athletic events on Feb. 2. All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation of San Diego.
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors, and entire communities.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.