Dance Marathon aka Bulls For Kids
One of the most popular fundraising events in colleges across the country is a dance marathon. Dance marathons are student-run philanthropies benefiting children’s hospitals all over the country. You may have even seen posts on Facebook or received emails asking you to check out a college students page. A popular tag is #FTK or #ForTheKids. Children’s hospitals all over the country benefit from college kids getting involved, raising money, and volunteering their time to help children.
USF has a program called Bulls For Kids and it’s the largest student-run philanthropy on campus, spanning over an entire school year. All proceeds from #BFK benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa, which is located right on the USF campus. This Shriners hospital has serviced pediatric orthopedic conditions, as well as diseases and syndromes, since 1985 to kids from all over the world. Services are completely free to families through their child’s teenage years.
A student wanting to get involved signs up in the fall and commits to raising a certain amount of money. My daughter started out with a goal of $500. There are committees that students can sign up for, and tons of events to participate in to help meet their goals. Students will even have the chance to meet some of the families that their contributions will directly benefit.
There is also another way to raise money. #BFK offers a virtual marathon. No, you don’t have to run, but instead, you sign up for a certain number of miles. Each mile is worth $10. (If you sign up for a full marathon of 26 miles, that’s $260). Whatever you don’t fundraise is the number of miles you will end up running. If you are like me and don’t like running, then that is the motivation to fundraise strong.
2018’s Bulls For Kids Dance Marathon is on Saturday, March 3. It is a 12-hour dance party celebrating the money raised for the school year. The goal is to be on your feet the entire time, to stand for those who can’t. There are dance teams that teach popular moves during the marathon, as well as DJs keeping the crowds motivated. Benefiting families will be there, and all can participate in games, activities, food, and special performances. It is a lot of fun, and the students look forward to it each year.
USF has raised over $155,000 to help the kids at Shriners. There is no better reward than to help a child/family when they need it, and usually, the lessons learned from the students remind them of how fortunate they are and how small things can have big impacts on others.
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