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UTSA student organization raises nearly $34K for children with cancer

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UTSA students show the total proceeds from the For the Kids dance marathon

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(April 19, 2012) -- UTSA's For the Kids (FTK) student organization hosted a 18-hour, high energy, no-sitting, no sleeping, celebration dance marathon from 7 p.m., Friday, April 13 to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14 in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus. The marathon raised nearly $34,000 to benefit children with cancer and their families, making FTK the largest student-led philanthropy in San Antonio.

The FTK dance marathon featured a group of marathoners, the FTK Dancers, who participated by standing for 18 hours while interacting and performing with the children and their families.

The goal was to raise awareness while providing financial and emotional support to the children and their families affected by childhood cancer. The event is a metaphoric way to show the children they have friends who will stand for them against cancer.

"We will continue to dance for the children year after year, until one day we can dance in celebration of a cure for childhood cancer," said Ryan Zapata, overall chair of FTK. "Together, we hope to make every wish come true -- one dance at a time."

The FTK dance marathon featured other San Antonio groups such as Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hematology/Oncology department staff members, several San Antonio High School students and members of the University of Texas Health Science Center community.

For more information call 210-449-3524 or visit the For the Kids website.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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