THON 2017: Important Times, Where to Watch and More

Penn State’s Dance Marathon, better known as ‘THON’ will take place this weekend (Feb. 17 – 19) at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The annual 46-hour no sleep, no sit marathon will showcase more than 16,500 student volunteers, over 400 Penn State student organizations, as well as over 700 dancers all uniting to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund, which benefits childhood patients and their families at the Milton S. Hersey Medical Center.

“This year’s theme ‘Igniting Hope Within’ uses the symbol of a firefly that literally ignites a light within itself to represent the carefree mindset of a child” THON 2017 Public Relations Director Sam Sherlock said in a release. “The hope is that for these 46 hours, kids can forget about their cancer diagnosis and remember what it means to be a kid.”

THON is dubbed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and has raised more than $136 million for the Four Diamonds Fun since its inception 40 years ago this year.

Some things to note:

Where to Park:

General parking for THON is available in the lots shaded in Blue.

via THON

Important Events:

Friday, Feb. 17

Dancers Stand | 6:00 p.m.

  • After introductions of the THON 2017 Executive Committee, the dancers will stand for the first time at 6 p.m.

1st Line Dance | 6:25 p.m. 

  • Bring your dancing shoes. This year’s line dance will get its public debut Friday at 6:25 p.m. and will take place throughout the weekend almost every hour.

Saturday, Feb. 18

Hair Donation | 10:45 a.m. 

  • Members of the THON community will donate hair to Wings For Kids at 10:45 a.m.

Kids Fashion Show | 11:50 a.m. 

  • Glam. Four Diamonds children will showcase their favorite outfits on stage Saturday at 11:50 a.m.

Kids Talent Show | 7:55 p.m. 

  • Four Diamonds children will once again hit the main stage for a talent show Saturday at 7:55 p.m.

Pep Rally | 9:30 p.m. 

  • Get ready to cheer on Penn State student-athletes as they compete against each other with a variety of dance routines Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 19

Family Hour | 12:30 p.m.

  • Four Diamond families will share their stories of their battle against childhood cancer and all families at THON will be recognized after a Celebration of Life video to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer.

Total Reveal | 4 p.m. 

  • THON concludes at 4 p.m where the THON total will be revealed along with the top fundraising Greek, Commonwealth, general interest and special interest organizations. Last year’s marathon totaled more than $9.77 million.

Photo Credit: Penn State