Students Get Down to the Basics for Charity

By Pam Robinson

Apr 21, 2009 8:02am

ABC News On Campus reporter Marilia Brocchetto blogs: You may remember this story from last semester:  Students stripped down to their underwear for charity. And  University of Florida students did it again this past weekend. The Great Undie dash, as it has been dubbed by students, gathered about 200 people  Friday night. As soon as the clock struck midnight, students dashed to the outskirts of campus sporting little more than their running shoes and their skivvies. These students don’t run in their underwear for no reason: They do it so that they can donate the clothes they were wearing to the Gainesville Salvation Army. University of Florida senior Michelle Hipps couldn’t run this year because of a broken foot, but that certainly did not keep her from enjoying the night’s celebrations. “I was there mostly for moral support. I hopped around a bit, crutched around a bit. It’s just so much fun.” As always the students ended up in fountains around campus, most notably the one in front of the fine arts building, cooling off in the water to chants like "It’s great to be a Florida gator" and even the alma mater. Wait, they know the alma mater by heart? This past Friday was the ninth underwear dash at UF, and several students used it as a way to de-stress before finals week got under way.

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