There are plenty of ways to get involved with Knight-Thon. Whether you are just discovering Dance Marathon, are looking to take a leadership role, or are seeking to be the most dedicated Alumni, take a look to see how you can further your Dance Marathon experience!
It’s not about dancing. Although our program is called Dance Marathon, being a participant, called a “Dancer,” means so much more than just dancing. Being a Dancer means you are one of 1,500 UCF Knights who are fighting for the next generation. It means that you are a change-maker, participating in a year-long fundraising effort to impact the lives of kids treated at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Each year, it is the Dancers of Knight-Thon who make the largest impact in our movement, raising a majority of our fundraising total. Because of each participant, year after year we are able to have a resonating impact on our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and celebrate each Spring at our 20-hour Dance Marathon.
Registering for Knight-Thon is as easy as fundraising your first dollar! If you have questions about anything dancer related, contact our Dancer Relations Manager at KTDancerRelations@ucf.edu
Register as an Individual
Not part of an organization? No worries, Team Black and Gold is the team for you! When registering on Donor Drive, simply select “Team Black and Gold” to join your fellow Knights in standing For the Kids! Click here to register.
Join a Team
If you are a part of an organization that already has a team, you can simply join your team on Donor Drive! To register, follow this link , and simply select your team's name when prompted.
Create a Team
Is your organization interested in starting your Knight-Thon team? Contact our Recruitment Director at KTrecruitment@ucf.edu for information on how to get started with Knight-Thon!
Knight-Thon encourages all participants to have a starting goal of $300. This is a very attainable goal and a great place to start for any first-year dancer! Once you reach that goal, you can then raise it on donor drive to reach for another milestone such as $500, Comma Club ($1,000), or $2,300 club!
Mr. and Miss Knight-Thon
Each year, incredible individuals choose to show their FTK spirit through friendly competition while running for the title of Mr. or Miss Knight-Thon! The competition provides special behind-the-scenes experience of Knight-Thon. Contestants will interact closely with miracle families, be featured throughout the main event, and receive many more perks. To apply, contestants must be part of a home organization and have a running mate. Email KTEventOperations@ucf.edu for more info!
Team Captains are the representatives of each team who work year-round to lead their dancers to fundraise for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. These leaders meet on a weekly bases during Team Captain’s meetings, and work with the Dancer Relations team to set their team’s goal each year. Team Captains are leaders within our organization who inspire others to join our movement and be For the Kids every day.
Questions about Team Captains? Contact our Dancer Relations Manager at KTDancerRelations@ucf.edu
Mini Dance Marathons
Throughout the Central Florida area, many High Schools and Elementary schools hold their own Dance Marathon events that support our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. These young students are creating impact as they stand for the next generation. Visit our Mini Dance Marathon page to learn about our current programs.
Questions about our Mini Dance Marathon program? Contact our Marathon Relations Directors at KTMarathon@ucf.edu
Are you an AlumKnight? Our hospitals still need you! As a Knight-Thon Alum, there are still ways you can impact the lives of local kids. You can join our Alumni Association Team on Donor Drive, and continue fundraising post-grad, or transition from dancer to donor as you support and donate to your former organizations. Be sure to join our Alumni Association Facebook Group to keep up with the Alumni Association!
Knight-Thon internal structure consists of five different teams: Dancer Relations, Communications, Community Engagement, Event, and Finance. Each team consists of its respective Manager, Director, Captains, and Committee Members.
Knight-Thon Committee teams are an essential part in Knight-Thon having a successful impact on the Orlando community. Committee teams include Morale, SPARK, Marketing, Event Operations, Hospitality, Marathon Relations, Special Projects, Fundraising, and Partnership committee. Committee members work alongside their directors and captains throughout the year, assisting them with the team’s role. Joining a Knight-Thon committee means making a year-long commitment to serve our local kids to a higher capacity. Keep a lookout on Knight-Thon social media for committee applications opening this fall!
Leadership Captains assist their respective Directors on planning and executing different components of our year-long fundraising effort and 20-hour Dance Marathon, while inspiring our campus and community to support local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on a daily basis.
Management Team and Executive Board
The Knight-Thon Executive Board consists of the Executive Director, 5 Managers, and 18 Directors who work every day within their respective teams to raise awareness for our cause and organization throughout our campus and community in order to help make miracles happen for local kids.