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Be part of UTSA's 12-hour dance marathon and support children with cancer

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2013 For the Kids Dance Marathon

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(March 27, 2014) -- The UTSA student organization For the Kids (FTK) Dance Marathon will host its fifth annual 12-hour, high-energy, no-sitting, no-sleeping Dance Marathon from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 12 in the UTSA Convocation Center at the UTSA Main Campus. The marathon celebrates the organization’s yearlong fundraising efforts to help children with cancer and their families.

In 2013, the FTK Dance Marathon raised more than $40,000.

In partnership with high schools from San Antonio and South Texas, the FTK Dance Marathon at UTSA will feature a group of FTK dancers who participate by standing and dancing for 12 hours while interacting and performing with the children and their families. The FTK Dance Marathon includes live music, entertainment and games.

The goal of FTK is to raise awareness while providing financial and emotional support for the children and their families affected by childhood cancer. FTK fundraises year-round for local families battling childhood cancer. In addition to raising money, the FTK students regularly spend time with the children at the hospital.

On average, 12,500 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. Although survival rates for many childhood cancers have improved dramatically over the past few decades, cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease in children.

Anyone can sign up to participate in the FTK Dance Marathon and help make an impact on the lives of San Antonio families battling childhood cancer.

>> Register to be a dancer or volunteer at the FTK Dance Marathon website.

For more information call 210-473-4821 or visit www.danceforthekids.org. Follow UTSA FTK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ftkdmutsa and Twitter at @ftkdmutsa.

 

 

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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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