Julia Martin, Chattanooga, Tenn. — What better way to raise money and awareness for a cause than by
doing something fun?
On Tuesday, February 11, 4 P.M. – 7 P.M. students and community members will have the opportunity to come and “dance their hearts out” at UTC’s second annual Zumbathon for the American Heart Association-Go Red for Women foundation.
Lindsay Hyden, assistant director of programs and fitness, said, “We had about 130 people last year, so we are very excited about this year. We are looking at hopefully breaking over 250 people.”
This year’s event will be held in the Aquatic and Recreation Center’s large gymnasium and will include free Zumba gear giveaways, free refreshments from Coca-Cola, and a live DJ. The first 100 people to enter the event will receive a free Zumba jingle bracelet.
According to GoRedforWomen.org, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.
Hyden explained that she is really excited for the different reasons that people come to the Zumbathon.
She said, “Some people come because they love Zumba, and they love the group atmosphere. Some people come because they are really, really passionate about Go Red for Women in Chattanooga, and whether they have family and friends that are survivors or have passed away from heart disease, a lot of them love this event because it is a very uplifting event.”
The Zumba community at UTC has grown immensely since the opening of the ARC four years ago, with about 40-60 participants in each class, which helped organizers choose the activity for the event last year.
Hyden said that the ARC plans to continue holding this event each year.
Admission to the Zumbathon will be $5 for students and $10 for community members, cash or check only.
In an effort to encourage involvement from Greek life, the event will also include a competition between the sororities. The sorority with the highest attendance will win a free sisterhood event at the ARC. Hyden said the winning sorority would be announced near the conclusion of the event at about 6:45 P.M.
If you are unable to attend the Zumbathon, but would still like to make a donation to the American Heart Association there will be a table set up in the ARC through February 28. For each donation made a paper heart will be hung in the ARC gymnasium with the donor’s name on it.