What is Knight-Thon?
Knight-Thon, Dance Marathon at the University of Central Florida, benefits Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for
Children. We are UCF’s largest student-driven philanthropy and part of the national Miracle Network Dance Marathon
movement. Knight-Thon is a yearlong effort in which we raise funds and awareness for our local kids, leading up to our
20-hour celebration in the spring. Last year, our campus joined together to raise over $1.288 million!
Where does the money raised through Knight-Thon go?
100% of the funds raised through Knight-Thon support our hospital, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer. The
money that is raised through Knight-Thon serves the hospital’s greatest area of need. Some examples of things
Knight-Thon has helped fund are diapers, incubators, our child-life program, transport vehicles, procedures, and so much
This is Why
Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Each year, 135,000 kids are treated at Orlando
Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The funds raised through Knight-Thon create more tomorrows and more miracles
for the kids treated at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer.
Each year, our year long efforts lead up to our Main Event, a 20-hour Dance Marathon. Every hour on the hour, students
partake in our “Morale” dance taking them out of their comfort zone and into the dance marathon spirit. To inspire our
students to remain standing, our Miracle Children are welcomed onstage alongside their families, and so courageously
share their stories of diagnosis, defeat, and newfound hope.
But Knight-Thon is not only inspirational, it’s fun! Students have plenty of entertainment and activities. In past
years, we’ve had everything from bounce houses to hypnotists, and there’s never a dull moment. There’s food,
merchandise, and a day packed with free entertainment. Even better, you get to do all of this with your fellow Knights!
Knight-Thon is part of the ultimate UCF experience and brings you closer to your campus community.