Dakotathon Raises Record Amount

Image Dakotathon 2016 Maci, one of the Children's Miracle Network's miracle children.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Dakotathon shattered its original goal of $90,000 and raised $108,800 this weekend for Children’s Miracle Network and the Sanford Children’s Castle of Care Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Additionally, Dakotathon pledged to raise $500,000 for Children’s Miracle Network within the next five years. The pledge not only allowed Dakotathon to make a promise but also moved the organization up to the next donor level at the Sanford Children’s Castle of Care Hospital. Joey Snyder, senior and overall co-chair, said that he hopes the pledge “will inspire more people to contribute to and participate in Dakotathon.”

While the donations help children and families in the Castle of Care, Dakotathon brings together USD’s campus and the city of Vermillion. “This year's experience with Dakotathon will go down as one of the most fulfilling and amazing times in my life,” said Snyder. “It was an honor to be able to help lead such a wonderful team of individuals and put together the best day of the year for all of the participants, the miracle children and their families.”

The effort raises donations from multiple events throughout the year and from the participation of more than 600 students and alumni during Dakotathon. They make up dancers, morale captains, the executive board, logistics and the alumni team.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News