Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement whose ultimate goal is raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). Throughout the year students learn invaluable leadership and life skills while raising funds and interacting with Miracle Children and their families. The various events lead up to the final event, Dance Marathon, a 4-12 hour event where students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment to celebrate the total raised for that year. Why stay on your feet for so long? It’s FTK (FOR THE KIDS)!
Oklahoma joined the movement in 1996 when the University of Oklahoma held their inaugural SOONERTHON. Since then, dance marathon programs have expanded to other universities including the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. It is our hope that dance marathon programs are instilled in every university in the state.
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The 21st annual Soonerthon, presented by the University of Oklahoma Campus Activities Council and Student Life took place on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at the Sarkeys Fitness Center . OU students stood for 12 hours in support of the kids who can’t. Many Miracle Children will spend 12 hours a week in dialysis or chemo-therapy, as well as majority of nurses and doctors will stand on their feet 12 hours during a shift at Children’s Hospital. Soonerthon’s motto is: “We cannot be present in the treatment room, but we can show our support by standing in their place.”
Each registrant has a personal goal that they set for themselves, and friends, family members, co-workers and community support help them reach that goal! Registrants send personal emails or letters to family and friends, sell Miracle Balloons, place change buckets at restaurants, host bake sales, sell t-shirts, and so much more! Soonerthon also hosts a 5K run, golf tournament and Extra Life events. All 12 months of the year are filled with creative fundraising For The Kids. To learn more about Soonerthon visit http://www.ou.edu/sga/cac/events/soonerthon.html.
CowboyThon boasts the University’s most dynamic on-campus philanthropy experience! Packed with dancing, live performances, student showcases and most of all, Oklahoma’s Miracle Kids and their families. CowboyThon is a student run organization that not only hosts one mega-event, but all students raise funds year-round hosting countless events both in the community and on the OSU Campus. Students raise funds through letter writing, peer-to-peer fundraising, golf tournament, selling hot dogs on library lawn, benefit nights, two stepping event and much much more!
On Saturday, February 11th more than 1,000 OSU students gathered in the Colvin Annex and stood on their feet from 10am-10pm at their 6th annual Dance Marathon. Students also recognized miracle kids and families treated at Children’s Hospital, and had special activities planned for them during the event. To learn more about CowboyThon visit www.cowboython.org.
UCO’s inaugural event was held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the Hamilton Field House. UCO students were excited to be a part of this new campus tradition! These students stood for 8 hours respresenting patients and families at the Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. Fundraising goals set by students were reached through letter writing campaigns, benefit nights and many more fundraising events held throughout the year.
Last year, the University of Central Oklahoma raised more than $16,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through their Spring Sing event. UCO is looking forward to transition from Spring Sing to BronchoThon. To find out more information about BronchoThon visit www.uco.edu/student-life/cae/bronchothon.asp.
BronchoThon raised more than $68,400, becoming the fastest growing dance marathon program in the nation for 2016-2017.
DroverThon at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma held their inaugural event on Saturday, February 17th, 2017 at the USAO Field House. USAO students were excited to be a part of this new tradition on their campus. This year Droverthon was a 6 hour event including live entertainment, games, fundraising events and food! Students helped fundraise throughout the year by participating in different events throughout the year leading up to the event.
DroverThon raised more than $5,300 during their first ever dance marathon event on campus. To find out more information about DroverThon visit www.usao.edu/events/2016-droverthon