May 12, 2010
Florida State student-athletes from football, track and field, soccer and volleyball participated in FSU’s Annual Dance Marathon on Sunday, February 14.
The student-athletes participated in scavenger hunts and visited with the children of Miracle Families Network of Shands Hospital during the 40 hour event benefitting Children’s Miracle Network.
Both the children and the student-athletes enjoyed hula-hoop and ball toss competitions, bubbles, play-doh, paint and also showed a few moves on the dance floor. It was an enjoyable occasion with lots of laughs and tired feet.
Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder and defensive back Greg Reid showed their support by encouraging Dance Marathon volunteers to continue having fun and to keep dancing. Ponder and Reid thanked the crowd for their participation in such a great cause and motivated volunteers to stay on their feet.
Dance Marathon is the University’s largest student-run philanthropy. Every spring, thousands of students pledge to remain standing for 40 consecutive hours to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network at Shands Hospital and the FSU College of Medicine’s Pediatric Outreach Program.
All money raised will go to the Children’s Miracle Network providing vital medical equipment for the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units at both Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., and to FSU’s College of Medicine Pediatric Outreach Program. With 14 years of support, the organization has raised more than $2 million dollars and 100% of the proceeds directly benefit the children of Tallahassee and surrounding areas.