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Brockport athletes dance to raise money

by Kaleem Mogent-SPORTS EDITOR
Tue, Apr 18th 2017 11:10 pm
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 On Thursday, April 13, the fifth annual "Dancing with the Athletes" event took place in the Tuttle North Gymnasium. The gym bleachers were packed with students, athletes and dance enthusiasts showing support for the dedicated performers.

"Five years ago we were approached by the dance department to collaborate on a fundraising event that would show off the talents of the students in dance and athletics," Susan Hoffman, associate athletic director, wrote in an email. "This is a fairly young event and is increasing in popularity. It was a fundraiser for the dance department as well as a charity event." Everyone there expected a good show.

There were four judges who dished out the scores they felt each team deserved. The scoring scale was one to 10 with four judges, a maximum of 40 for any one team. The esteemed judges were Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Ed Jaskulski, Assistant Professor for the Department of Dance Stephanie Oakes, Assistant Professor for the Department of Recreation and Leisure Lynda Cochran, and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Karey Pine.

Each team was comprised of various The College at Brockport teams with two dancers to help them choreograph their routine.

"The athletes and dancers all volunteer for the event," Hoffman wrote. "We have a number of student-athletes that have participated more than once. The challenge with volunteering is being available schedule practice time."

The performances were littered with props and dazzling costumes to entice the judges to give them the highest score possible. Also each team who danced gave a basic overview of their respective charity. This made the event exciting but also helped spread awareness about the various issues they performed in honor of.

There were eight teams that danced their hearts out on the gym floor that night. The eight teams were Fairly Odd Parents, Bikini Bottom Boogie, The House of Mouse, Blast from the Past, Scooby Doo, Jersey Shore, Kim Possible and Good Kids Gone Bad. The overall theme that night was an ode to classic TV shows with new age moves thrown into the mix.

The Fairly Odd Parents team was comprised of athletes from men's soccer and women's lacrosse who danced for the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House seeks to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families.

Bikini Bottom Boogie consisted of athletes from football, women's cross country and women's volleyball who danced for The Willow Center. The Willow Center here in Rochester is a domestic violence center. Their services include a 24/7 hotline, counseling center, children's services and emergency shelter.

The House of Mouse group was made up of members of the swimming and diving teams and women's soccer athletes.

Blast from the Past had athletes from men's track and the softball team, they danced for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. This foundation raises funds and seeks to find a cure for those who suffer from Parkinson's disease.

Scooby Doo danced for a charity that aims to provide clean water for those who aren't fortunate enough like the Americans suffering in Flint, Michigan. That team had athletes from the baseball and field hockey teams.

Jersey Shore put on a show for the Vera House that serves as a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence service agency providing shelter, advocacy and counseling services for women, children and men, education and prevention programs and community coordination. Athletes from the wrestling and gymnastics teams did a fine job for this charity.

The team called Kim Possible had hockey and women's track athletes dancing for Golisano Children's Hospital who serves as the referral center for all seriously ill or injured children from the 17-county Finger Lakes region and beyond.

Lastly, the only team who received a perfect score was the team called Good Kids Gone Bad. Men's cross country and women's cross country stunned the crowd and also danced for the Ronald McDonald House.

Unfortunately, Good Kids Gone Bad lost to Blast from the Past when the crowd chose them in a crowd approval competition. Overall this was an amazing event full of energy, fun and it was nice to see all of the hard work that everyone put in for a charity event.

Susan Hoffman raved about the event in an email: "It creates a lot of excitement within the department and campus," Hoffman wrote. "It is wonderful to see our student-athletes step outside their comfort zone and work hard to represent their team. I would like to thank Ed Suriano and the Student-Athlete Advisory board as well as the dance club for working so hard to bring awareness to this event. We had the largest attendance ever this year."   

Brockport's student-athletes may not specialize in dance but they showed a lot of skill. Tickets were only $3 and half the money raised went to the winning teams choice of charity. The other half of the donations went to the dance department for playing such a big role in the event. The event raised over $1,000 and many hope to see it return again in future years as a staple of Brockport Athletics culture.




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