February 20, 2011 by staff 

Thon, IFC / Panhellenic Dance Marathon broke records, announced today that it has raised and 9,563,016 to benefit pediatric cancer patients. Last year, the Penn State tradition 46 hours raised a record at the time and 7.8 million.

Thon benefits The Four Diamonds Fund, which supports cancer research and covers expenses for families of patients treated at the Hospital Penn State Hershey Children. This year, Toney and teammate of Jackie Hakes must keep the tradition of Penn State women’s soccer team lives by representing the team as THON dancers. Toney, a senior said a player has danced for at least the last six years, and the chance to dance in her last semester at Penn State is unique.

“I thought it was something I had to do as Penn State student-athlete, before I go,” Toney, who played striker for the Nittany Lions, said. “As a student at Penn State I need to dance in THON, you must have this experience. ”

For Hakes, a junior who graduated this semester, the opportunity is just as special.

“Since freshman year, it was a big deal with our team,” Hakes said. “I could not leave without dancing Penn State. It was something I had to do.”

The couple did not have to look far to find a valuable resource on the intricacies of dance in THON. Senior Megan Monroe, co-captain this fall and one of the roommates of Toney, danced last year and helped her teammates prepare.

“Actually, I spent a lot of time for the year” Mons “here last time so just having this experience with her and dance, she just told me many things, things to expect, things to do not to do. It has definitely helped us, “said Toney.

At least one of the teammates Hakes and Toney was with the duo since the start of THON to provide support and encouragement every dancer needs. Although the two dancers said they could not accept the test performance of 46 hours, they know they would not be able to do it without their teammates.

“It’s huge support base is huge just to have them here with us, dance with us, being positive, staining with us whatsoever,” Hakes said. “There is always a smile on their face, and it is simply a world of difference. ”

Toney and Hakes are both excited to see what their teammates and the other Penn State teams prepared for their skits for athlete hours. However, could not give more details on what the 13-time Big Ten women’s soccer team champions would be done.

Toney asked the rest of the team to keep the details a secret because she wanted Hakes and be surprised by what comes with their teammates.

Through a long soccer season and sometimes play more than 90 minutes in a game tested the two athletes, TUNA provides a level of challenge. But the two are regarded as just that, another chance to push the envelope.


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