Previously known as Dance Marathon, the University of Tennessee will be hosting its For The Kids mission Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Hollingsworth Auditorium of the Ellington Plant Sciences building in order to raise money for the patients of the Hematology and Oncology unit of the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
The name change was a result of wanting to put more emphasis on the kids rather than the dancing, said Kelly Fellman, For the Kids at UTK president.
“Focusing the name more towards the kids has been a positive change, and we think that we have gained a broader range of participants taking out the word ‘dance,'” said Fellman.
In addition to the name change, the event itself will be different than it has been in previous years. Rather than starting the event at 9 p.m. Friday night and ending on 9 a.m. Saturday morning, the event will now begin 7 p.m. Friday night and end 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
This change will allow children from the Hematology and Oncology Clinic at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to come to on Friday evening and to interact with students and help set a positive tone for the rest of the event, according to Fellman.
The overall goal of For the Kids event is to raise money for the Hematology and Oncology Clinic at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, said Fellman
“This money will support those families as well help the hospital to buy supplies,” said Fellman.
Registration for the event can be found at this link and will remain open until 8 p.m. Friday night.
Edited by Maggie Jones