Dance Marathon March 27

TAMPA, Fla. (March 25, 2009) – There’s much more to the upcoming dance marathon at the University of South Florida than just dancing for hours on end.  USF students work together all year recruiting team members and raising funds.  All of this work culminates in the Dance Marathon event being held Friday, March 27, and once all the dancing is done the funds are turned over to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg to be put towards construction of a new hospital that will expand services for families and children.


Supported by the USF Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement, USF’s Dance Marathon is a completely student-run initiative, planned and coordinated by a 25-member student leadership team. There is a $25 charge for anyone who wants to participate. 


“The students have created an amazing campus tradition and they continue to grow more each year setting bigger goals for themselves and ultimately for All Children’s,” said Christy Burke, USF Dance Marathon staff advisor.  “This will be the longest Dance Marathon yet. They came up with 13.1 hours because a half marathon, in running, that is, is 13.1 miles, but this time it’s hours instead of miles.”


According to the center staff, Dance Marathon is the largest, student-run philanthropy event happening on college campuses around the country.  Students come together in teams to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The highlight is the actual Dance Marathon event, a night of fun, dancing, food, games, prizes and opportunities to meet the children who have been treated at All Children’s Hospital and their families. 


“Dancing is only one part of the 13.1 hours,” said student director, Angela Russell,  “We’re going to have theme hours, food, games and activities that teams can take part in to win prizes, as well as raffles and performances by a number of bands and student performing groups throughout the night.”  


Awards for raising the most money will go to the top Greek team, the top residence hall team, the top student organization team fund, the top individual fundraiser and the top overall team.


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The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.