Our Best Features From THON 2020
Although it took 46 long hours, THON 2020 came and went in the blink of an eye and raised $11,696,942.38 FTK in the process.
If you were caught up in all the excitement and didn’t get a chance to take in the weekend’s best, biggest, and craziest stories, check out our favorites from THON Weekend below.
707 Dancers, 7 Features
Seven hundred and seven dancers took the floor throughout THON 2020 for 46 hours. Our staff profiled some of them, including UPUA President Laura McKinney, the Zach Sowa (better known as the Nittany Lion), and Blue Band drum major Jack Frisbie.
Penn State Drum Major, Blue Band President Dance Together In Final THON — Mackenzie Cullen
Stepsiblings Follow In Brother’s Footsteps By Dancing In THON — Mikey Mandarino
Wacky, Weird, & Wonderful
When you’re stuck inside a
multipurpose basketball arena for 46 hours, things are bound to get pretty unorthodox. But that’s when things start getting fun!
[Watch] THON 2020: What’s In Your Fanny Pack? — Riley Davies
Overheard In The Women’s Bathroom: THON Edition — Riley Davies
Students Break Out A Nintendo Switch During Final Hours Of THON 2020 — Lauren Wysseier
THON 2020: Best Tutus On The Concourse — Colleen Nersten
No. 46 Jerseys To Rock At THON — Matt Paolizzi
Dancer Relations Captains, To The Stage!
Penn State, from the top // Let’s get hype, let’s go!
As always, THON’s line dance energized the BJC for 46 hours straight with an electric combination of obscure references, hip dance moves, and ~pizzazz~.
A Brief History Of The THON Line Dance — Anthony Colucci
THON 2020 Line Dance Lyrics — Anthony Colucci
‘Genius Lyrics’ Breakdown of The THON 2020 Line Dance — Mikey Mandarino
Power Ranking The THON 2020 Line Dance Lyrics — Katie Moats
References The 2020 Line Dance Missed — Ryan Parsons
[Video] THON 2020 Line Dance: ‘Let’s Get Hype, Let’s Go’ — Anthony Colucci
Your THON 2020 Final Four Line Dances — Anthony Colucci
Touching Moments & Guest Speakers
Throughout THON Weekend’s festivities, many guest speakers from around the Commonwealth came onstage to congratulate THON’s dancers, volunteers, and supporters. THON 2020 also had its fair share of heartwarming moments from Four Diamonds families and THON children.
President Barron Addresses THON 2020 Crowd Before Final Four — Matt DiSanto
THON Children Steal The Show In 2020 Kids’ Talent Show — Ryan Parsons
Sean Clifford Speaks At THON 2020 Pep Rally — Anthony Colucci
Surprise! Daya & Cash Cash Perform At THON 2020
No THON would be complete without a performance or two from big-name musical acts, and that rang true once again this weekend. Pittsburgh native Daya got things rocking Friday night, while EDM group Cash Cash followed suit Saturday evening.
[Photo Story] Cash Cash’s Electric Performance at THON 2020 — Gabe Angieri
[Photo Story] Daya Becomes First Surprise Act Of THON 2020 — Ryan Parsons
Daya Doesn’t Let Us Down At THON 2020 — Riley Davies
Watch: THON Through Our Lens
Our talented photographers and videographers spent countless hours on the BJC’s floor and concourse snapping pictures and filming all the action, ranging from one-armed pushups to fanny-pack journalism.
[Video] THON 2020 Pep Rally: Men’s Gymnastics Wins Again — Anthony Colucci/Aboudi Rai
[Photo Story] The Best Pictures From Day 1 of THON 2020 — Anthony Colucci
Finally, a compilation of our THON coverage simply wouldn’t be complete without a snapshot of this year’s total. All of the hard work throughout the year resulted in $11,696,942.38 FTK!
For complete, comprehensive coverage of all things THON 2020, check out our live blog of all 46 hours.
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