Annually students gather for a cause that fights pediatric
cancer, however there are benefits to each dancer for their dedication.
Standing for 12 hours may seem like a painful and difficult task but the committees for Red Lion’s Mini-THON have over the years come up with a variety of different ways for dancers to keep themselves occupied the whole night.
Many of the night’s events are occurring outside on Horn Field with the popular Ultimate Frisbee and the World Cup soccer tournaments. Despite the freezing temperatures, dozens of students formed teams to compete for the honor of holding the title of Mini-THON Champions.
Some of the featured teams were fan favorite Dream Team, Box Squad and Team Dominate for Frisbee, as well as Pretty Much Friends, for soccer. Each team is given equal opportunity to play each other at least once, and the two teams with the highest scores will go onto play in the championship game.
Aside from the athletic action outside, dancers are given opportunities to keep active, awake and warm inside. The old and auxiliary gyms consist of basketball and dodgeball, respectively, and the Fitzkee Center has a wide range of activities to do. Dancers can be found playing badminton, volleyball, an obstacle course, dancing to music provided by DJ and senior Colby Joines, and video games on the track.
Every year, one of the most popular (and relaxing) things to do is swimming. Upon signing in before the start of the night, each dancer can pick up a time card to choose when they wish to swim. Many students choose the later hours, when they are feeling the most tired. “As a lifeguard, I’m finding that the most amount of dancers come in between 1-3 am, probably because the water relaxes the tired muscles,” senior Krista Falatovich said.
Falatovich, along with seniors Michael Ondek and Sarah Bernhart, are among some of the volunteer lifeguards that will remain on duty from 11 pm to 5 am.
A schedule that detailed when and where events were to occur, as well as when food was going to be served, was posted in the commons for everyone to see.