USCDM Frequently Asked Questions
Our Mission Statement:
The mission statement of University of South Carolina Dance Marathon (USCDM) is to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Prisma Health Children’s Hospital by incorporating students in an entertaining, educational, and service-oriented philanthropic event.
What is the University of South Carolina Dance Marathon?
USC Dance Marathon (USCDM) is a movement with a mission to change lives. USCDM is the largest student-run philanthropic organization at USC and we work year-round to fundraise for Prisma Health Children's Hospital, our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, located right here in Columbia, SC. USC has hundreds of student organizations, but what's unique about USCDM is that we provide students with a way to get involved in their community while allowing them to form relationships with the children and families that their fundraising efforts benefit. Making the decision to join USCDM is making an investment not only in the lives of children, but in your own life as well.
What is Main Event?
Main Event is a culmination of our yearlong efforts to raise funds and awareness for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Main Event is a 14 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping event where we celebrate our incredible Miracle Families, our fundraising efforts, and all of the wonderful PHCH staff. Throughout the event you will hear stories from our Miracle Families, play games, eat food and learn a super fun line dance. At the end of 14 hours, we reveal our final fundraising total; it’s certainly an experience you won’t want to miss!
What makes someone a Miracle Child?
A Miracle Child is classified as someone who was treated at Prisma Health Children's Hospital for a life-altering illness or event. Some of our Miracle Children are still undergoing treatment at the hospital. Children can be treated at the hospital until the age of 18. These children are considered Miracle Children for life!
Who can participate in USCDM?
All students at the University of South Carolina can and are encouraged to participate in USCDM!
How much money has USCDM raised so far?
USCDM was established in 1999. In our 20 years, we have raised $4,658,184 for Prisma Health Children’s Hospital.
What is FTTK? What does it mean?
FTTK means Forever To Thee Kids. FTTK is a saying we use to always remember why we are a part of this organization, because we do this to raise money for children that need our support and is a spin off of the University of South Carolina's Alma Mater 'Forever to Thee'.
Where does our money go?
The money we raise all year goes to our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. We are currently the largest donor to the hospital and the funds that we raise directly benefit the Child Life Program in order to provide needed support for sick children and their families.
Where is the hospital located?
Prisma Health Children’s Hospital is located at:
7 Richland Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29302
How can I register for Main Event?
At the link above, you can click the "Register Now" button and it will take you through a 5-step process where you can register to be a participant at Dance Marathon.
How can I get more involved with USCDM?
There are many ways to get involved in Dance Marathon. These ways include becoming a Morale Team member, joining our Ignite Program for underclassmen, joining a Committee, becoming a Director of a program area, or becoming a Vice President of a DM branch.
Here are details about each position:
VP of DM Branch
Applications to become a Vice President go online and are open to students to apply in the weeks following Main Event. The dates the applications will open are usually between April 1st and April 21st but will be posted to USCDM.org with exact dates.
Director of Program Area
Applications for Directors will be available to students after all VP positions have been filled. The applications will be posted to USCDM.org as well. Each application will be followed by an interview with the respective VP of the program area you apply to as well as other Vice Presidents.
Committee Member applications will follow Directors. Each applicant will list multiple committees they are interested in and then go through an interview process to see where they will best fit and succeed inside the organization.
Morale Applications go online in September. These applications will be reviewed by the Morale Director, Morale Committee and VP over Morale. Applicants that make it through the review process will be invited to have an interview as the final step to being chosen for Morale.
This a program for Freshman and Sophomores to learn about different facets of our organization. There is an application process to become a part of the program and bi-weekly meetings. Click here to learn more about Ignite.
How many committees does USCDM have?
USCDM has 20 committees. There is something to fit everyone's passions and interests!
Ignite Leadership Development
How can I donate?
Click here to be taken to our Donor Drive and click the "donate to this event" button to donate to the organization as a whole. You can also search for an individual that is registered for Dance Marathon and donate to their specific page on our Donor Drive website.