UTC students teamed up with the Chattanooga community for three hours of non-stop dancing at the second annual Zumbathon. The fun event raised more than a $1,000 for the local chapter of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative. “Go Red for Women” raises awareness of the issue of women and heart disease.
“Not only was it amazing to see so many more people participate this year, but it was also great to see how many people stayed. There were people who arrived right at the beginning, and danced for the entire three hours,” she said.
“This is the only event where the UTC Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) is opened to the community. We had people from ages 8 to 55 attend this year. It’s a special event where the students come together with the community,” she continued.
The event offered a live DJ, prizes, and refreshments. This year, the event was organized and staffed entirely by students.
“Zumba is the most popular class we offer at the ARC, and all of the instructors are current students. The instructors planned all the dances and led the crowd for the entire three hours. Seeing them step up and shine makes me very proud,” Manning-Hyden said.