University of Central Oklahoma students are brushing up on all of the latest moves for participation in BronchoThon, an 8-hour dance marathon dedicated to the many children who are assisted by Children’s Miracle Network. BronchoThon is UCO’s version of popular dance marathons done by universities throughout the nation. BronchoThon is new to UCO this semester, taking the place of Spring Sing, and will generate awareness and financial support for the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Foundation, an affiliate of the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. BronchoThon will include musical entertainment, student-led activities, refreshments and, of course, dancing. At the end, everyone will celebrate the total amount of money raised.
“BronchoThon is a philanthropy composed of college students who want to make a difference and fight for the next generation. We believe that every kid should have the opportunity to dance, fight, and live. BronchoThon is how we act out on that belief.”
UCO students can sign up for BronchoThon either as an individual dancer or with an organization. The registration cost is $25 per dancer. Throughout the spring semester, students will attend benefit nights, complete tasks and fundraise to earn points. These points are called Miracle Points, and the organization that has the most Miracle Points by the night of BronchoThon will receive an award called the Miracle Cup. There is also a Miracle Cup for the individual who earns the most Miracle Points. In addition, there will be an organization that is the overall winner of BronchoThon, considered the “Overall Miracle Cup Champion.” The Miracle Cup is a great incentive, evoking healthy competition that will encourage students to raise more money for the cause.
The BronchoThon executive team will host fun events to encourage participation, such as Bingo night, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a stroll off, just to name a few. These events leading up to BronchoThon help raise awareness for the organization and encourage people to sign up. The executive team also boosted student participation through discount days for registration, including 15 percent off on MLK Day, $10 off over winter break and $13 registration on Friday the 13th. These clever promotions are a great opportunity to join the cause, especially for students on a budget.
BronchoThon also has resources to assist with fundraising efforts, such as a guide for writing letters to encourage friends and family to donate. One of the things that is unique about BronchoThon is that all of the money raised will stay local, which means students at UCO are making a difference in our community. BronchoThon will take place from 2-10 p.m. April 8 in Hamilton Field House, check in for the event will begin at 1 p.m. For more information or to register for BronchoThon, visit www.uco.edu/student-life/cae/bronchothon.asp.