Coe to host Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon “Teal Night”

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2011-12-22 09:18:47 - General

Coe College and Mount Mercy University will be playing for more than just wins during their Friday, Dec. 30 basketball contests.  The teams are encouraging fans to attend and participate in “Teal Night” to support the Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon (CRDM).  The women’s game begins at 5 p.m., with the men’s matchup following at 7 p.m., all in Eby Fieldhouse on the Coe campus.

In 2011, students from Coe, Mount  Mercy and Kirkwood Community College partnered to help fight childhood diseases and cancer by holding the first CRDM.  The event was the top inaugural dance marathon in the nation, garnering more than $25,000.  At next spring’s event, planned for April 14, the CRDM has set a goal to raise an additional $10,000.

The first-ever "Teal Night" is being held to help raise awareness as well as funds for the CRDM to give to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.  Everyone is encouraged to wear teal-colored clothing to the games and contribute to the CRDM donation cans.

Last year, Coe Head Women’s Basketball Coach Randi Peterson and many members of the Kohawk women’s team took part in the first Marathon, standing, dancing and playing games for 12 consecutive hours.

“Dance Marathon is a great event that demonstrates the importance of community support.  It defines the ‘wes’ are more important than the ‘mes.’  Although it is exhausting, it is fun and well worth it,” said Peterson.

The public is encouraged to support Coe and Mount Mercy in this CRDM "Teal Night" awareness and fundraising effort as the teams fight alongside one another for something much bigger than any athletic competition – against cancer and for kids.