For the last 15 years, Syracuse University Sports Management majors have worked together to host a benefit to raise funds for a local organization that could use their help.

This year, students chose Make-A-Wish of Central New York. All of the proceeds will benefit the local chapter and Kate Veley says that every dollar counts when there are so many children to serve.

“Over 100 students in the sports management club interviewed a number of charities throughout our community and we were very fortunate that they chose Make-A-Wish of Central New York.”

Co-Chair Sam Marteka said that students have already managed to secure more than 530 sport and non-sport items that will be up for auction. And Co-chair Caroline Johnson says that the experience is a group effort that requires a lot of work to make it happen.

“It’s such a group effort and the club has really come together especially this week,” Johnson added. “We’ve all been working so hard so we’re all very excited.”

Doors open for the charity sports auction beginning at 5pm and anyone with a ticket to the game is invited to bid. Bidding will be accepted right up until the beginning of the second half of the basketball game.

All the funds raised will help to make an impact on the lives of Central New York children who are in need of a wish and for the organization, those funds will go a long way.

We have over 150 medically eligible children in our pipeline form northern Watertown to the Binghamton area,” Veley said. “So we are incredibly grateful for all their hard work and their efforts.”

The SU Sports Management Charity Auction is happening on Saturday, November 16th inside the Carrier Dome. Doors open at 5pm and the game starts at 7pm. Bidding ends at the start of the second half. To learn more about this year’s auction visit