Dancer Relations
Reilly Smith

Dancer Relations Director

4th Year Student
Hometown: Collegeville, PA
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Entrepreneurship

Previous THON™ Involvement

THON 2020: Dancer Relations Committee Member
THON 2021: Dancer Relations Committee Member
THON 2022: Dancer Relations Captain (Mail Call)

Why did you want to become a director for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world?

THON has without a doubt been the most inspiring and influential aspect of my time at Penn State. Each year I have been able to contribute towards a cure for childhood cancer, learn from motivated and talented volunteers, and create countless memories. I've been able to see how our efforts are truly helping our families in both big and small ways, and how THON can bring together the Penn State community throughout the year. Being involved in THON has provided me with so much passion and joy, and I'm excited to work to give that experience to others. I look forward to being able to collaborate with many other THON volunteers to spread our mission, as well as continuing to innovate and build new memories for families, dancers, and the entire THON community.

What are your main responsibilities as a Director for THON 2023?

As the Dancer Relations Director, my main responsibility is the safety and well-being of Dancers physical, mental, and emotional health throughout THON Weekend. I work alongside the 24 Dancer Relations Captains throughout the year to cultivate a fun, fulfilling, and memorable environment for dancers throughout the weekend. We coordinate the logistics of the dancer experience, including Dancer Registration, Dancer Storage, EMS and Athletic Training services, Mail and Package Call, College of Nursing Services, the Line Dance, and more!

What is your favorite THON memory?

My favorite THON memory was standing in the upper bowl of the BJC with my first-year committee during the Final Four hours of THON Weekend. It was truly a magical time; standing arm in arm with strangers turned best friends through the year and being able to laugh, cry, dance, and reflect on our individual experiences volunteering as well as all the accomplishments of the THON community that year.

As a director, what are you most looking forward to for THON 2023?

For THON 2023 I am most excited to work towards enhancing the experience THON provides throughout the year for committee members, captains, families, dancers, organizations, and all other THON supporters. I also am excited to make more lifelong memories with my fellow THON volunteers!

Favorite Quote?

The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be? - John Keating

Are you involved in other organizations that benefit THON?

Phi Gamma Nu benefitting THON, Penn State Snowboard Club benefitting THON

What are you involved in outside of THON?

Phi Gamma Nu, Penn State Snowboard Club

What are your plans after graduation from Penn State?

I would like to work in the tech industry and help bring new products to life!

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

I would be an otter and enjoy floating in the water, holding rocks, and playing with my fellow otters.

Is a hotdog a sandwich?

From a logistical perspective, I believe it is a taco if the bun is one piece, and a sandwich if the bun is two pieces.