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30 Mar

March for Babies, Campus Style

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Hip Hop Performers at KnightWalk

Hip Hop Performers at KnightWalk

Across the country, college students are doing their own March for Babies events on campus to raise awareness and funds for the March of Dimes. These dedicated student leaders spend countless hours finding sponsors, donors, teams, water, food, tents and more to make a fun and successful event because they know the end result is so worth it – reaching the day when every baby is born healthy.

For University of Central Florida student and March of Dimes intern Julia, it is all about making UCF a “Champion for Babies” and raising the bar each year on their campus event, KnightWalk. Led by the UCF March of Dimes Collegiate Council, the event is set to surpass its $10,000 goal – go Knights!

To up the excitement factor, UCF added “Field Day for Babies” to the mix this year and had students competing in tug-of-war and potato sack races at the halfway point. Not only did they spice up the walk route, but they had hip-hop performers entertain the crowd before the walk started and UCF Group Exercise instructors lead everyone in the warm-up stretches! President of UCF John Hitt along with other community leaders spoke at the event, and a local Ambassador Family brought the mission home to all who attended.

I also asked Chloe, a sophomore at the University of Virginia who is gearing up for the first ever UVA March for Babies, what her event was all about and she shared: “As a national youth representative of the March of Dimes National Youth Council, I along with the members of the Tau Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. are currently in the midst of planning for the 1st Annual UVA March for Babies at UVa on April 18, 2009.  I have received tremendous support thus far from my peers including those in the Second-Year Council and local vendors as sponsors of the event, along with Greek and non-Greek organizations on campus.” They’ve set a goal of over 100 walkers for this first year and I know they’ll make it.

Holding an event on your campus? Interested in learning more? Leave us some love and let us know about your event!


March for Babies, Campus Style

Comment by Ameliak — March 31, 2009 @ 11:36 am

How great to see college students planning walks on their college campuses. These students are going beyond just participating in the walk, they are planning the walk. With classes and other things going on these are just a few examples of the awesome work Team Youth does on a daily basis! GO TEAM YOUTH!

March for Babies, Campus Style

Comment by Matthew — March 31, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

If your campus is not large enough to support its own walk think about getting your student organizations together for a lunch on campus. Everyone needs to eat and have you can have organization raise money before the lunch and bring it with them! The great thing is that it can raise awareness and funds but does not take nearly the time and planning that a full walk does!


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