There is never a shortage of things to do at UGA. Whether your passion is sports, cooking, academics, fitness, the arts, etc., you are almost guaranteed to find an organization that addresses your extra-curricular needs and peers within that organization who share your same interests. For me, this organization is UGA Miracle. For those who are unfamiliar with the group, UGA Miracle is a non-profit, student-led organization that benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). It serves as the official philanthropy of Greek Life here at UGA. It works to return a sense of normalcy to those who need it most, namely sick children who are currently or have been under the care of CHOA. UGA Miracle’s work truly is selfless and geared towards the children, leading the members of its organization to coin the acronym “FTK” (“for the kids”).
Why to Get Involved
I have been a member of UGA Miracle all throughout my time at UGA. In high school, I was involved in a multitude of community service organizations and wished to continue that work during my college career. After attending an introductory meeting explaining the purpose and cause of the organization, I knew I would fit in well as a member of UGA Miracle. Personally, I felt the mission and goals of this organization were perfectly aligned with my own mission and goals as an individual. Often times in college, it is easy to get distracted by school or our own personal dramas. In doing so, we forget to be thankful of the opportunities awarded to us and give back.
UGA Miracle hosts a multitude of events and fundraisers during the year, with its largest event being Dance Marathon. The event started out as a way to celebrate Miracle families and acknowledge the past years’ fundraising efforts. Now, the event has grown into a community-wide celebration FTK. Anyone who wishes to participate is welcome to register and get involved.
UGA Miracle’s Dance Marathon event will be held from 10:10 am Saturday, February 23rd to 10:10 am Sunday, February 24th. This twenty-four hour event will be help in the Tate Student center, with entertainment (including but not limited to) Brendan Abernathy, Underground Springhouse, UGA Redcoats, and UGA Cheerleaders. While there, Dance Marathon participants and spectators are able to participate in many activities: laser tag, silent disco, hair chop challenge, and RAVE. If this is not already enough to cause you to want to get involved, Chick-fil-A, Tazikis, and Alpha Gamma Rho have offered up their catering services.
UGA Miracle is truly a fantastic organization with the capability to accomplish whatever its members put its mind to. I am truly humbled to be able to participate in such a group. It is even more impressive to note that UGA students (my peers) are able to coordinate an event as large as Dance Marathon. So much work goes into the scheduling and ticket sales this event has been in the works for months in advance. If you have the time, come join us February 23rd and 24th and see the rewarding culmination of months of hard work and determination (for a good cause).