As of today, there are only 58 days left until Dance Marathon at UF 2020! While the countdown to March 28 is officially underway, ‘Mini Season’ has already begun! Every year, Mini Marathons give high schoolers the chance to participate in their own version of our 26.2-hour Event with the help of DM at UF Captains.
Last year, 24 high schools participated in our Mini Marathon program. The money these schools raise contributes to our final total that is revealed at the end of our 26.2 hours, which all goes directly to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Last year, these 24 Mini Marathon programs raised $600,082.84!
DM at UF’s Marathon Relations Captain Team is filled with 48 members who bring support and energy to high schools around the state by helping them plan and implement their own Mini Marathons. After being involved with Dance Marathon in high school, Rocco Abiusi joined the Marathon Relations team as a Captain this year. Abiusi said, “In high school I became completely inspired by the cause I was working with. When I came to UF I knew that I wanted to exhilarate future generations with the same hope of a better future that I was inspired by, and working with Marathon Relations allows me to do just that.”
Third-year Marathon Relations Captain, Kylee Neeranjan, explains it best, “A Mini Marathon is an extension of all of the energy, passion, and determination that exists within DM at UF. These students, in the midst of studying for college entrance exams, applying to universities, and juggling various extracurriculars and athletics, take the time to connect their communities to our cause, meet Miracle Families and truly impact the future of childhood illness. Their dedication, commitment and motivation inspires me in my fight FTK every single day.”
Last week we were amazed by the hard work and dedication of the students at Vanguard High School, who raised $5,262.67! This week, we are heading to East Ridge High School’s Mini Marathon, as they strive to make more miracles For The Kids!
Our Mini Marathons and the incredible high schoolers that lead them continue to inspire us every day, and we can’t wait to see all that our Minis accomplish this Spring!