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Vanderbilt Athletics Engages with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

This year, Vanderbilt Athletics and Vanderbilt University Dance Marathon joined forces to establish Dancing Dores, a program that was the brainchild of former VUMC Development Intern and Vanderbilt Football player Andre Mintze.  Dancing Dores is the first-of-its-kind partnership between a Division 1 athletic program and a collegiate Dance Marathon.  Student-athletes are encouraged to participate and raise funds as individuals, and are incentivized by friendly competition.  Nine Vanderbilt Athletics teams participated, and two teams invited Miracle Ambassadors to practice and games. Together, the Dancing Dores raised more than $21,000 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  This total was added to VUDM’s overall fundraising total of $231.764.19.

Dancing Dores is paving the way for other schools to engage and unite their athletes in the fastest growing peer-to-peer fundraising event, Dance Marathon. The impact that Vanderbilt athletes have had on VUDM, Miracle Families, and Children’s Hospital is immeasurable.