Between noon on March 28 and 8 a.m. on March 29, 2015, more than 1,200 students from more than 70 organizations participated in UCF’s annual Knight-Thon, a 20-hour dance marathon that benefits Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, at the CFE Arena. While this year’s goal was $500,000, Knights moved and grooved their way to more than $688,000 “For the Kids!”
Fun facts about Knight-Thon:
- Students raise funds throughout the entire year leading up to each Knight-Thon.
- This year’s theme was “Dare to Make a Difference.”
- The purpose of standing/dancing for 20 hours is so students can gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the pain, suffering and struggles that the young hospital patients go through every day.
- Every hour on the hour, students partake in a “Morale” dance, taking them out of their comfort zones and into the dance marathon spirit.
- To inspire students to remain standing during the 20 hours, miracle children are welcomed on stage alongside their families, to share their courageous stories of diagnosis, defeat and new-found hope.
View videos and photos from this year’s event, as well as from previous years.