NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's basketball team will be hosting a Girl Up fundraiser to kick off this weekend's tip-off tournament when the Lyons face Rivier College during Friday night's home opener in Emerson Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m.
Over the course of the evening, there will be concessions and free giveaways to spectators. The women of the Emerson House also plan on handing out Girlafestos, which are empowerment poems for girls.
Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world's hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.
There are 1.2 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 19 in the world today, and more than half are adolescent girls living in developing countries. Many struggle for basic needs as access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services and safety from violence. People can make a lifelong impact on their well-being and the well-being of their families, communities and the world for generations to come.
Campaign supporters are encouraged to give a "High Five" by donating $5 or more toward proven UN programs that target five high-impact areas for girls - education, health, safety, leadership and data - and help girls in developing countries become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.
Since its founding 12 years ago, the UN Foundation has invested $44 million dollars in support of girl programs and helped build a community of girl advocates and champions through work on such key initiatives as the Coalition of Adolescent Girls and the United Nations Adolescent Girls Task Force.
In addition to Wheaton women's basketball, the fundraiser is sponsored by the Office of Residential Life, the Office of Service, Spirituality and Social Responsibility (SSSR) and Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (SAIL).
More information on Girl Up can be found on their website here.