Beyond the Game: SAU student-athletes grant wish for Arkansas girl


For this princess, the night ended in fairy tale fashion.

Reagan, a 7-year-old from Fouke, Arkansas, had her hair and nails done, picked out a princess dress, chose the perfect pair of princess shoes, then selected a wand. That's when the magic began.

Her wish was granted: a trip to Disney World.

"This is absolutely wonderful," said Ruth Dorse, Reagan's mother.

Reagan battles a rare condition known as Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). But she loves all of the Disney princesses.

Student-athletes at Southern Arkansas University helped make the trip possible.

"At the beginning of the year, I challenged our student-athletes to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and the built-in connection between DII, SAAC, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation gave the perfect platform for them to make a difference in someone's life," said SAU Director of Athletics Steve Browning. "Truly my words cannot express how proud I am of our athletes' accomplishments in achieving this goal."

After that initial challenge by Browning, Mulerider Athletics and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee raised more than $8,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That amount reached the average threshold required by Make-A-Wish to hold a wish reveal party, thus allowing SAU to grant Reagan's wish.

Now this pretty princess has some pretty big plans.

"She finally gets a chance to do something fun," Ryan Dorse said, Reagan's father.

"It's pretty exciting to see her do something that she wants to do."

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