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Making a Difference: For the Kids at UTK

The Mission

For the Kids at UTK’s goal is to raise funds to support East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Dance Marathon has been operating since 1995. In 2013, when known as Dance Marathon, For the Kids had 400 students participate in the program.

FTK 1The Partners

FTK@UTK partners with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Center for Leadership and Service.

Impact on UT

It creates a deeply impactful connection between UT students and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The all-night dance event itself provides UT students with a space to engage in positive, uplifting, and safe practices as they join together to “Dance for the Kids.”

Impact on Community

FTK@UTK has raised more than $1 million over the last 18 years to support East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. In 2013 alone, the event raised more than $43,400.

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