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At the year-opening staff meeting in July of 2016,Mississippi College athletic director Mike Jones challenged his staff to increase their fund-raising efforts to help grant a wish for a Make-A-Wish Mississippi child through the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Offensive line coaches Edgar Weiser and Payton Gray joined up with the student-athletes in the trenches to make a difference and raise $2,000 to help the MC SAAC grant that wish.

"I remember sitting in that staff meeting in July when Coach Jones challenged us to step up and raise money for Make-A-Wish," said Weiser. "That week, the sermon at church was all about, 'What can you do for others?'

"I sat down with Payton shortly after to think about what we could do to make the most impact. We decided that selling MC Football t-shirts would be the most beneficial as it would allow students and people in the community to show off their Choctaw pride and help us in our efforts."

Every member of the offensive line and offensive line staff participated in the effort over a three-week period. They sold a total of 200 t-shirts that helped to raise $2,000.

"It's definitely a rewarding experience to be able to help someone in need," said senior offensive lineman Daivon Milan. "The best part is that we participated as a group and came together to do some good."

As of now, the Mississippi College SAAC has raised over $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation and is looking forward to granting a wish for a Make-A-Wish child.

"I'm proud of the way our whole department has stepped up for Make-A-Wish this year, and especially our offensive line group," said athletic director Mike Jones. "They took the initiative upon themselves to get this done, and we are extremely appreciative of the work they put in."

The Mississippi College football team opens spring practice on Monday, March 6th at Robinson-Hale Stadium. The 2017 season starts on Saturday, September 2nd when they host Morthland College. 

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Mar 03, 2017

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