UCF’s largest student run philanthropy raised over $258,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals — an increase of $140,000 from last year’s total.


Knight-Thon is UCF’s official philanthropy that holds events throughout the year to raise money to help children. Each spring, an 18 hour dance marathon unites hundreds of students who remain standing for the children who can’t.

This year’s dance marathon raised $258,554.17 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“The mission of Knight-Thon the University of Central Florida’s Dance Marathon, is to educate, inspire, and unite our campus and community to provide ongoing support for the Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network. Through our efforts, we will forever stand for the families we are privileged to serve. For The Kids We Are,” the event’s website says.

One of the event directors was shocked and ecstatic about the amount of UCF students who came out for the great cause.

“I cannot believe the number of people that are here,” Catering Director Chelsea Trynz said. “The amount of UCF students that are getting awareness about Knight-Thon and CMN is crazy to me, like shocking, and I’m so ecstatic about how many people are learning about Knigh-Thon. It’s awesome.”