Wake ‘N Shake Dancers Raise Money for Cancer Research

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Wake ‘N Shake
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Sophia Joanna Dodd is a student at Wake Forest University (WFU), where her classroom performance earned her recognition on the school’s Dean’s List. She also played setter on WFU’s varsity volleyball team and was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) All-Academic Team in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Outside of these academic and extracurricular accomplishments, Sophia Joanna Dodd has participated in Wake ‘N Shake, an annual dance marathon held on the WFU campus to raise money for cancer research.

Every spring, the Wake ‘N Shake event challenges WFU students, faculty, and alumni to complete a 12-hour dance marathon. Dancers ask friends, family, and businesses to sponsor their participation with donations, and proceeds for the event benefit the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. The namesake of this organization was a notable WFU alumnus and Chicago Bears running back whose courageous battle against terminal cancer was the subject of the movie Brian’s Song.

Around 300 students participated in the inaugural Wake ‘N Shake in 2006, raising $30,000. By 2016, those numbers had grown to 1,400 students raising more than $300,000. This makes it WFU’s largest philanthropic event, in terms of both number of participants and amount of money raised. Sponsors for the event include local businesses in the Winston-Salem area as well as national corporations like Aramark, Little Caesar’s, and Trader Joe’s. During the event, dancers are treated to games, prizes, food, motivational speakers, and live entertainment.

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The Role of a Volleyball Setter

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Volleyball Setter
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Wake Forest University student Sophia Joanna Dodd is a Dean’s List honoree who is currently studying analytical consulting. Sophia Joanna Dodd is also involved in on-campus activities, and was a setter on her university’s volleyball team.

Volleyball is a team sport that originated in America and has become one of the most popular sports in the world. The game consists of two teams, separated by a net, who hit a ball back and forth in an attempt to ground it on the other team’s side to score points. Volleyball teams consist of seven positions: outside hitter, right side hitter, opposite hitter, middle blocker, libero, defensive specialist, and setter.

The setter, who can be located in the right front or right back position, is the offensive leader of the team. In addition to coordinating the offensive attack and delivering the ball to the team’s hitters, the setter must also be able to block, play defense, and make serves. The position requires strong communication and leadership skills, as well as the ability to analyze the other team’s defense in real time.

Jonathan Toews Leads the Blackhawks

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Jonathan Toews
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Sophia Joanna Dodd is a candidate to graduate from Wake Forest University with a bachelor of science in analytical consulting and was a sports marketing intern for the school During the Fall 2016 semester. Sophia Joanna Dodd’s favorite team is the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks have delighted their fans by making the playoffs every year since 2009 and winning the Stanley Cup three times during that run. Jonathan Toews has been the captain the entire time, and his leadership has gone a long way toward the success of the team.

He was named team captain in just his second year on the team and in the NHL, and his two-way play already has earned him a spot on the 100 Greatest NHL Players at the young age of 28. While not quite a household name, the left-handed shooting center was the second-youngest player to ever win the Conn Smythe Award (Stanley Cup MVP) in 2010.

Since then he won the Selke Trophy (best defensive forward) in 2013 and the Mark Messier Leadership Award (contribution to one’s team and community) in 2015. Besides his three Stanley Cup rings, Toews has gold medals from the 2010 and 2014 Olympic games.