THON 101: Morale
Always audible and visible, Morale’s yellow shirts and boisterous personalities make them a major part of the fun of THON weekend.
Overall Gen Goldsmith leads Morale’s 21 captains and 710 committee members, who have prepared throughout the year to help guide dancers through THON weekend. Morale captains also have the responsibility of creating the line dance, which they will teach at the beginning of THON and lead throughout the weekend.
In the months leading up to THON, moralers learn every type of skill imaginable to make sure their dancer has a safe and fun THON experience. Their extensive training includes proper stretching techniques, how to keep their dancers adequately nourished and hydrated, what to do if their dancer has a problem, and even EMS training. Moralers also learn how to build a relationship with their dancer and how to adapt to different personalities, as the personal relationship between the pair is crucial to a successful weekend.
Each moraler is paired with their own dancer. Moralers generally rotate on and off every four hours, with the four hours on the floor spent motivating and assisting their dancer while enjoying the spirit of THON weekend.
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