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Zumbathon raises money for Autism

Students participated in Zumba at the King Horn Gym at an event held for Autism Speaks. (Northern Review photo/Ashlee McDonnell)

Music and dancing is nothing new to the ONU campus. However, on April 15, a new kind of song and dance was involved.

The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta hosted a Zumbathon in the King Horn gym as a part of their fund raising efforts to support Autism Awareness Month. Four certified Zumba instructors were brought in to lead participants in an hour and a half long work out consisting of dance moves and frequent movement to upbeat music. 

Participants were asked to donate three to five dollars to go toward Autism Speaks. Alpha Xi Delta Philanthropy Chair, Dani Kendall, said that they "chose Zumba because it's something fun that can be done by anyone, no matter the fitness level and we wanted something that wasn't going to be overdone by other groups on campus." This is a new event for the group who typically hold the same events each April and changed events for 2015.

Alpha Xi Delta has hosted a series of events throughout the month of April. Autism Awareness Month wrapped up with a bake sale and a "Blue Game" at the last home baseball game on Saturday.


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