Andrea Kulesz, UTC student and self confessed “Zumba addict,” didn’t need to think twice about signing up for the Zumbathon that rocked the UTC Aquatics and Recreation Center. She happily danced for a cause as the University partnered with the American Heart Association for the fun charity event in celebration of National Heart Month. 

“I decided to participate in the Zumbathon because I love Zumba fitness and three hours of non-stop Zumba sounds fantastic to me. Also, the fact that all the proceeds go to the American Heart Association made it that much better!” she said enthusiastically.

Kulesz was one of the more than 100 UTC students, faculty, and staff who participated in the Zumbathon.

“I danced front row for all three hours. It was definitely a fun and carefree environment. It didn’t matter if you were doing the dance moves right as long as you were moving and working out,” Kulesz said.

According to Lindsay Manning-Hyden, Coordinator of Fitness for UTC Office of Campus of Recreation, participants raised $500 for the American Heart Association – Chattanooga Go Red for Women.

“The event had great turn-out and all the participants were telling my staff all night how much fun they were having dancing along.  It was great to see so many students come out to donate and support this great cause and have a blast while being active! This was our first event of this kind and we have decided to do more events like this as well as this same Zumbathon charity event each February for National Heart Month,” Manning-Hyden said.

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