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Vanderbilt Womens Basketball Wish Announcement


February 27, 2017


Brentwood, TN

Papa John’s, Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball Coach Stephanie White Send Wish Kid Karly to Walt Disney World® Resort

Coach Stephanie White presents a $5000 to Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee    Papa John's presents a $5000 check to Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (February 27, 2017) – Head coach Stephanie White and the Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball team, along with partner Papa John's, are helping send a child to Walt Disney World® Resort through Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee.

The gift was revealed at halftime of Vanderbilt's game against Arkansas on last Thursday night, when two checks—one from Papa John's and another from White—were unveiled. During the ceremony, Wish Kid Karly, 5, who has leukemia and is being treated at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, learned that she would be going to Walt Disney World® Resort with her family.

"It was an honor to be a part of last night's ceremony and partner with Papa John’s to help Make-A-Wish grant Karly the trip of her dreams to Walt Disney World® Resort," said head coach Stephanie White. "What we do is so much bigger than the game of basketball and granting this wish is a prime example of that. It was a touching moment for all of us, and I am so grateful to have been a part of it."

Papa John's has been partnering with Vanderbilt this season by making a donation to Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee each time the Commodores made a 3-pointer during home games over the past several weeks. Papa John's then presented a $5000 check during Thursday's ceremony, and White matched that check with one of her own.

"We’re grateful to have the generous support of folks like Papa John’s and Coach Stephanie White,” said Beth Torres, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. “The dedication and generosity of the Middle Tennessee community allows us to grant more and better wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions."




About Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee:

Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants wishes in 38 counties and has granted more 1,400 wishes since its founding in 2000. Nationally, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 34 minutes and has granted more than 285,000 wishes in the United States since its inception in 1980.  For more information about Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish. 

Press Contact

Beth Torres
President & CEO
8119 Isabella Lane Suite 105 A
Brentwood, TN  37027

Phone : (615) 221-2200 x4058
Fax : (615) 221-2233

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Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee
8119 Isabella Lane
Suite 105 A
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 221-2200
Toll Free (888) 492-9474