Rollins Men’s Basketball has been on a tear this season, ranked number 11 in the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches)/Division II National Rankings in December. The team is currently battling Barry University and Eckerd College for first place and a regular season conference championship with an overall record of 19-7. The team has taken its skills in basketball in a slightly different direction by adding some fun to the competitive mix. This past Sunday, on February 21, the men’s team hosted a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for Rollins students to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida.
I, as a member of the Rollins Men’s Basketball team, along with Women’s Lacrosse player junior Brittany Eveler, spearheaded the event. With the catchy title of ‘Make-a-Swish for Make-a-Wish’, the event raised over $1,200 going directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida.
“Athletes often have a platform to create change in their communities,” Eveler said, “because people frequently take note of what we do. However, we don’t reach out as often as we should and take advantage of that opportunity.”
I have and will always love basketball. I wanted to leave a lasting imprint on the community with an event like this. As a senior, I am all too aware that this final season of my collegiate athletic career is rapidly coming to a close. With that in mind, I jumped at the opportunity to make this event possible to bring purpose to the end of my time on the team here. These children with life-threatening medical conditions have big wishes and we have the opportunity and the means to help provide additional funding for these wishes to be granted.
The event saw ten teams come together in a double-elimination tournament to compete for prizes and bragging rights on campus.
Sponsors who made the event possible included Alex Miller Organics (AMO), Power House Café, Waterboy Sports, Residence Inn Downtown Orlando, Antonella’s Pizza, and Pita Pit.