|Darian Dempsey, Meghan Miller and Riley O'Connor on a THON canning trip in September|
The Penn State Women's Ice Hockey Club has long been one of the ACHA's most community-oriented organizations, a fact demonstrated by its being named the association's Gongshow Stars in the Community back in January of 2015, as well as the individual off-ice awards won by past players like Mary Kate Tonetti and Sara Chroman.
One central part of the team's community efforts has always been Penn State's world-famous Dance Marathon. The team's annual skate in support of the event is a staple of the club calendar, and players heavily participate in designated canning weekends when not busy playing games. A handful have also become involved with one of Dance Marathon's many committees.
This year, the WIHC will join more than 350 Penn State student organizations with a common goal in mind: to conquer childhood cancer through Penn State Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, a 46-hour no-sitting-and-no-sleeping dance marathon. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, raising nearly $10,000,000 at the most recent iteration in February, and the team is proud to once again be helping so many people in need.
A link to donate to THON has been added to this website, through the WIHC in order to support the team's organizational fundraising goals, on the right end of the main menu bar at the top of the page. Please consider donating, as the money goes directly to research and to help families of children with cancer to offset medical costs.
One day we will dance in celebration, but until then we dance for a cure!
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