My Journey with RhodyTHON
By Sean Miller, Dancer Relations Lead
As RhodyTHON enters its third year, I start to think back to the start of my freshman year, and I can see the tremendous growth that has happened, as well as the passion that has grown for it at URI. In its first year, RhodyTHON raised a record $172,207, which shattered the Children’s Miracle Network record for a first year program. I can remember being at the first dance marathon and realizing how special it was, and I knew in that moment that it was something I needed to get more involved in my sophomore year.
In RhodyTHON’s second year, I served as one of the exec board’s directors and worked with an amazing group of people to put on RhodyTHON 2.0. Together, we worked tirelessly to grow the organization and our impact, and it showed on March 30th when we announced a fundraising total of $292,173.30, far surpassing our goal of $250,000 that we all nervously set in September of that year at our board retreat. That second year represented major growth for RhodyTHON and showed that the sky’s the limit, but we had mainly focused on putting on a better event and raising more money. I had always wished to expand our supporters to include the entire school, but only so many things can be done in a year, but that brings me to now.
As RhodyTHON enters its third year, I decided to take on the role of Dancer Relations Lead to get students from every student organization, academic major, and team to be a part of this amazing movement. With only a few thousand participants we have already shown we can do anything, but RhodyTHON from the start was about uniting students from everywhere for one non-stop night of fun and dancing to raise money for the amazing Miracle Families that we support through our fundraising for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
That’s why I would like to invite all of you to join our Ramily by registering for our 5K Color Run on October 6th! There you’ll be able to meet members of the RhodyTHON board and our wonderful Miracle Families, play games, and most importantly get to see what we are all about. For more information about the 5K and how to register, you can go to http://www.rhodython.com/rhodython-5k/, and to register for RhodyTHON you can go to register.rhodython.com.