Students, volunteers, and Four Diamonds families join together in Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center. For 46 hours, volunteers give kids and their families the opportunity to forget about their cancer diagnosis. 700+ students are recognized as dancers for THON Weekend, a feat that entails standing on their feet for the entirety of the weekend.
Our 46-hour dance marathon officially starts when the Executive Committee invites all 700+ dancers to stand up together as the first song of THON plays. This occurs at 6:00 PM on Friday evening.
The Line Dance
The Line Dance is a 5 minute stretching routine that is played at THON every hour to encourage the dancers to move and stretch. A new line dance is created every year based on current events that make it interesting and fun for the crowd and dancers to sing and dance to throughout the weekend.
Stage Acts and Speakers
Stage acts constantly keep the entire Bryce Jordan Center energized and excited. These acts include bands, dance groups, and other special performances. Many inspirational speakers address the entire Bryce Jordan Center on stage during THON Weekend. Some of the people who have spoken at THON include Penn State Football Coach James Franklin, Penn State Basketball Coach Pat Chambers, Jay Paterno, Devon Still, and the founders of Four Diamonds—Charles and Irma Millard.
Kids Fashion / Talent Show
The Talent Show allows Four Diamonds children to showcase their talents on stage in front of the entire Bryce Jordan Center! The Kid's Fashion Show is a chance for Four Diamonds children to experience the excitement of being on stage while modeling Penn State inspired clothing.
All throughout the year, Penn State students, faculty, donors, and alumni work together to create Kids’ Mail filled with inspiration and love for the children of the THON community. This mail—while meaning to be silly, colorful, inspiring, and uplifting—serves as an opportunity for the children of the THON community to directly experience the community’s love and support For The Kids®.
Athlete Hour & Pep Rally
Athlete Hour is a unique opportunity for Four Diamonds children to spend time with Penn State Athletes. Members of all different sports teams come together to play games with the kids and take pictures. Pep Rally is one of the most anticipated events of THON Weekend! Penn State Athletic Teams put together dance routines and compete against each other for the winning title.
The Final Four hours of THON Weekend are the most anticipated. These last few hours include Family Hour, where all Four Diamonds families are recognized on stage and a few share their stories with everyone in attendance.
After dancers sit at 4:00 PM on Sunday, the Executive Committee reveals the fundraising total for the year.