It Had to Start Somewhere DM's Beginnings Nationally.
In 1991, students at Indiana University founded Dance Marathon in memory of Ryan White, a fellow student. The program now spans the entire country, benefiting hundreds of hospitals and countless kids. Dance Marathons have become a tradition on college campuses throughout the country. Each event is entirely student run and 100% of the funds raised are donated directly to their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Information on Miracle Network Dance Marathon can be found at www.dancemarathon.com
UADM: The Beginning
UADM was founded at the University of Alabama in October 2011 by Tyler Rigdon and Alexandra Rhett. It was created as a part of the national Dance Marathon network as a way to unite campus for a common cause, and was sponsored by Honor's College. The Big Event, UA Dance Marathon, was held on April 20, 2012 with 150 participants standing for 8 hours. $14,952.28 was raised for Children's of Alabama. Founding Members of UADM: Allison Franklin, Ann Elizabeth Holley, Bekah Macker, Caroline Bechtel, Chelsea Musser, Eric Alsobrook, Erin Dittrich, Gloria Kelly, Holly Gray, Jamie Lynn Marshall, Kevyan Armstrong-Wright, Katie Klootwyk , Mary Izzo, McKenzie Pope, Rachel Coleman, and Taylor Gola.