Club Croquet And Its House of Dancers
For dancers Steve McGettigan, Mike May, and Raul Garcia, living under the same roof also translates to living together on the THON dance floor. The three roommates are all representing Penn State’s Club Croquet team and fittingly, they all live in the club’s designated house.
See, all three have been living under the same roof every year since attending at Penn State. It all started on the 4th floor of Pinchot Hall in East when all three were given the same floor assignment. The friendship they struck up in East brought them together as future members of the Club Croquet team, eventually landing them the coveted edifice known as the “Croquet House”.
THON was always a mainstay with the trio, be it through the club or other organizations. In total, the house consists of five dancers, six captains, and two committee members with some overlap. With three of the roommates dancing for Croquet and two others, Marc Procopio and Henry Coll, dancing for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, they all know that they have a support system rarely seen at THON.
“We all sent each other dancer mail and they were very meaningful,” May explained. “Since we know each other so well it really showed what our friendship meant over the years.”
That friendship has given the dancers one of the most unique THON weekends in recent memory due to their friendship. Procopio cautioned that it is more than just a friendship. “They have developed a huge bromance after living together so long.”
After all, they are members of the “Broquet Club”.
Although the club wasn’t allowed to bring their infamous mallets into THON, they have teamed up with Club Sailing to double the size of their support. Their visibility at THON has grown exponentially over the years. In their first year, the then ten members of the club raised $17,000 and received two dancers through a lottery. Last year, Club Croquet raised $57,000, had four dancers, and recently adopted a Four Diamonds Family, the Nick Fulton Family of Elliottsburg, PA.
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