On Jan. 18, The Sports Management Club’s (SMC) second annual “Show and See with SMC” event in partnership with Jagathon: IUPUI’s Dance Marathon showcased a wide variety of talent.
The annual event took place later in the evening in Lecture Hall 101 to support SMC and Jagathon as audience members could vote for their favorite act of the night by donating. The proceeds made from the event will go towards IUPUI’s 2023 Dance Marathon, supporting the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research at Riley Children’s Hospital.
Those that signed up for the event included members of Sports Management Club, Jagathon, and those in the audience. Their acts included singing karaoke, dance performances, a comedy stand-up, and solving the Rubik's cube.
Anna Greenfield, President of the SMC, spoke about her thoughts on the event and the opportunities the club has given her alongside other members of the SMC.
“It’s always fun to see people with talents that you didn’t know they had,” said Greenfield. “We’ve been given a lot of opportunities through the club and so it’s exciting. We want to be able to help the underclassmen have those opportunities as well.”
Brendan Wheat, the treasurer of SMC, explained how the partnership with Jagathon was formed.
“Last year we wanted to find a way to spread the name of our club and so we thought to partner with one of the most generous groups on campus but also one of the most well-known, which is Jagathon,” said Wheat. “The intention from the beginning was to partner with Jagathon and find a way to raise as much money as we could, and have many acts come in with different people to get eyes on our club, and to just help out.”
The treasurer also gave detail on how the idea for a talent show came to fruition.
“We debated between a three-on-three basketball tournament and the talent show, but we decided that the talent show would be a good way to get everyone involved.”
The members expressed that although their club is more focused toward sports, the organization wanted to show that it’s also about coming together as a community.
Each act gained rounds of applause and laughter, with the winning act featuring a cover of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” by members of Jagathon alongside a few participants in the crowd.
Luke Schuster, the SMC’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) senator, briefly spoke about the winning performance and how it brought audience members together and participated alongside them.
“They were just having fun with it and getting everyone involved. It was great,” said Schuster.
An important step was made Wednesday night for both organizations as the donations reached over $150, setting a record for the SMC’s yearly event.
Greenfield expressed her appreciation for the partnership with Jagathon and has high hopes for the future.
“It’s exciting that as a student organization, we’re working on campus involvement and getting together and working with other organizations,” said Greenfield. “To have it happen for two years in a row is exciting and we can’t wait to see what we’ll do next.”
You can support raising money for the Jagathon Dance Marathon by donating here.
Daniel Guevara is a first-year student studying Journalism at the School of Liberal Arts. He is a campus writer for The Campus Citizen.