SDSU Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon at SDSU is more than just a student organization at San Diego State University—it’s a year-long fundraising effort to benefit the children and families facing illness or injury at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. In partnership with Children’s Miracle Network, Dance Marathon at SDSU is one of 400+ Dance Marathon programs nationwide that raise money for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Despite its name, Dance Marathon at SDSU is neither a dance nor a traditional marathon. It is a 15-hour, overnight celebration of SDSU students’ year-long campaign to advocate for and uplift Rady Children’s patient families. During this celebration, participants don’t sit down or sleep for the duration of the event in order to symbolize the strength and many sleepless nights of Rady Children's families. Not only is the event full of fun, dancing, games, food and prizes, but students also have the opportunity to meet children who have been cared for at Rady Children’s and hear their stories of triumph.

More than 1,600 student participants and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised annually make Dance Marathon at SDSU the largest philanthropic event on SDSU’s campus and the highest-fundraising Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon program on the west coast. Since its inception in fall of 2014, more than $1 million has been raised for the Hospital, starting with $40,000 in its first year and more than $365,000 in 2019-2020.

“I am so proud of the impact Dance Marathon at SDSU is able to make on both our Rady Children’s and SDSU communities,” said Hannah Geeser, executive director of Dance Marathon at SDSU 2020-2021. “The funds we raise and the awareness we bring to this truly deserving cause mean that no child has to dance alone, and we are so grateful to able to support and work with such an amazing hospital.”