Frequently Asked Questions
What is HuskyTHON?
HuskyTHON is a year-long philanthropic effort at the University of Connecticut to raise funds and awareness for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. This effort culminates in an 18-hour dance marathon in February, where thousands of UConn students come together to dance for those who can’t. HuskyTHON is entirely student-run and our Management Team of 28 undergraduate student leaders is working tirelessly to make HuskyTHON 2018 better than ever before.
HuskyTHON is one of the top 10 dance marathons in the country and the largest Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon in the Northeast. In the last 18 years, HuskyTHON has raised over $3.5 million for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, making it the second largest fundraiser for the hospital. HuskyTHON 2017 raised $836,174.52 and we hope that 2018 will be even more successful.
How do I get involved? What are my options?
The most common way to get involved in HuskyTHON is to register as a Dancer! Dancers sign up for the entire 18 hours and dance all night long at our Dance Marathon. If you’re not ready to commit to the entire time or just want to help out, you can always register as a Volunteer and sign up for one (or more) 3 hour shifts. If you’re looking to get even MORE involved, you can be your team’s Dancer Representative, apply to be a Morale Captain, or apply to be on our JonaTHONs committee to help spread HuskyTHON to local high schools. There is a huge variety in ways to get involved – no matter what level of involvement you want, there’s a place for you.
What if I'm not part of an organization that makes a team?
Not to worry! While we do have many large organizations on campus that make teams year after year, we have even more smaller teams made up of anyone who wants to get involved. It only takes a couple people to form a team (there’s no minimum), so you are encouraged to get together with your friends, residence hall floor, teammates, ANYONE, and put one together! If you can’t find anyone who wants to join you, there’s always the opportunity to sign up as an individual. Once you’re there, everyone hangs out with everyone, so there’s no need to be afraid of signing up alone or with only a few friends!
How do I reach my $200 minimum?
$200 may sound like a lot at first glance, but it’s really easy to raise your minimum fundraising goal! We have a canning director who can set up a date to can outside of local stores, you can reach out to friends and family and share the story of this amazing cause, put on your own fundraisers, save up spare change- there are an endless number of ways to get to $200! Check out our fundraising handbook for even more ideas. If you’re having issues reaching this, feel free to reach out to our fundraising team for some more tips.
What if I don't know how to dance?
Not a problem at all! We can guarantee you that not everyone at HuskyTHON has the best moves. Remember that we don’t care how you dance, it’s all about why you dance – For The Kids! But, there’s SO MUCH MORE to the night than just dancing. We have lots of games and performances going on throughout the night, you’ll get to hear stories from our HuskyTHON families every hour, and Morale Captains will be helping everyone learn the Morale Dance throughout the night.
Do I have to dance for the entire 18 hours?
If you sign up to be a Dancer, YES – you should stay the entire 18 hours. It might sound like a long time, but the energy in the Fieldhouse will definitely keep you going all night long. With a variety of different theme hours, including Disney, sports, tropical, and color wars, you’ll want to keep moving. That’s not to say it’s not tiring at times – it is, but when energy gets low it’s important to remember why we’re all there. We’re dancing For The Kids and it’s all about standing for those who can’t. Until you experience HuskyTHON, it’s hard to grasp, but once you’re there we can guarantee you’ll find the strength to make it through 18 hours.
Isn't HuskyTHON just one weekend in February?
Absolutely not! We kick off the year with a Fall Festival and Pasta Dinner, as well as putting on ZumbaTHON, So You Think UConn Morale, and a number of smaller events throughout the year. It’s important to keep fundraising all year long so that you have as much of an opportunity as possible to raise money For The Kids! HuskyTHON isn’t just one night, it’s a year-long mission to help the families at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Who are the families that HuskyTHON supports?
We have the honor of supporting a huge number of AMAZING families through HuskyTHON – some of whom you’ll get the opportunity to meet at our events! These families have all had unique experiences at the Medical Center, but they have all been through so much and everything we do is for them. From being guest judges at So You Think UConn Morale to sharing their stories on the night of, we love having our kids be a part of HuskyTHON and hope to give them the time of their lives.
Where can I drop off donations on campus?
Donations can be dropped off in our office located in room 218C which is located within the SOC on the 2nd floor of the Student Union.
Check out the contact us page to see our office hours!
How can I stay up to date with all things HuskyTHON?
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