It’s 4:45 in the afternoon on a Saturday and hundreds of UNC students stand pressed against a stage in Fetzer Gym on campus. They’re sweaty, swollen and exhausted. But they’re enthusiastic and excited. They’re listening to a kid tell knock-knock jokes.
It’s the annual UNC Dance Marathon thrown by Carolina For The Kids (CFTK). The knock-knock jokes were part of the Kid Co-Captain talent show, only one of the hours in the 24-hour no sitting, no sleeping event. CFTK Executive Director Elizabeth Brown said it’s one of her favorite parts every year.
“When I think of Carolina For The Kids, that’s what I picture,” she said. “We’re able to turn such a normal, mundane moment for these kids, the most normal they can get– into something so special.”