Dance Marathon at UF, FSU earn leadership recognition

Earlier this summer, Dance Marathon students at the University of Florida and Florida State University were honored at the annual Dance Marathon Leadership Conference. The virtual gathering celebrated collegiate Dance Marathon organizations that implemented excellent programming and initiatives for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Dance Marathon students at the University of Florida won the Ideal Business Partner Presentation Award presented by Love’s. The award involved an exercise where Dance Marathon programs had to go through a mock corporate partner pitch presentation. Dance Marathon at UF also earned the Community Engagement Award, which recognizes the organization that executed a successful initiative, event or campaign to reach a new demographic in the campus or local community.

Dance Marathon at Florida State University claimed the Participant Communication Award, acknowledging the program that successfully communicated with their registered participants through a variety of channels.

In addition, four graduating college seniors and one high schooler were recognized for their leadership acumen. Claire Overholt and Kelsea Henry from the University of Florida, Madison Faller from Florida State University and Angelique Ramirez from Florida Atlantic University were named recipients of the 2021 Miracle Network Dance Marathon Distinguished Leadership Award. Jamie Knox, a Dance Marathon co-executive director at Leon High School in Tallahassee, was also recognized for making an exceptional impact within her program.

Congratulations to all our Dance Marathon students! Thank you for all you do for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital!