Many UCF students wish that they can be a part of something big but do not know where exactly to start. Many of these want to help children and make a difference in their worlds.
Knighton is UCF’s annual dance marathon which helps raise money for kids and is supported by students, organizations, and community members from around Orlando. During the event, the community comes together to dance for 20 hours straight in support of Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Students raise money year round through different fundraiser events or through personal support from their friends and family. Money raised which stays local supports kids in these hospitals in many different ways such as with support research, new equipment, or uncompensated care. This year, their goal is $365,000.
Over the 20 hours, different families from the Greater Orlando area will come to share their stories with participants as they dance non-stop. The event will be full of food, entertainment, and even bounce houses. Come together with your fellow knights and dance the ‘knight’ away in support of these kids and make their dreams into miracles.
On Saturday, roughly 800 UCF students stood for 20 straight hours for the kids who couldn’t. Knight-Thon is UCF’s annual dance marathon which raises money for the Great Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, last year the philanthropy raised over $250,000. This year, Knight-Thon exceeded that, raising 392, 831. 65.
Knight-Thon is comprised of students, student organizations and community members who all raise money through different avenues, including personal donations and fundraising events. Aside from the dancing, Knight-Thon has a variety of different activities for the students to participate in. This year, there was bounce houses, ping pong, corn hole and much more.