Interview with a Team Captain- Odeh Mashni

Odeh Mashni, Team Captain for Phi Sigma Kappa

Why did you decide to be a team captain?
I decided to be a team captain because I wanted to get my chapter more involved in DanceBlue this year. I believe that DanceBlue is a great event for an even better cause, and everyone deserves to have their eyes opened to how powerful the event is.

What does being a captain mean to you?
To me, being a team captain means that I have a way to get involved and have a positive impact on people before, during, and after the marathon.

How have you encouraged your team to raise money and gain spirit points? 
I encouraged my team to raise money and gain spirit points by sharing the story of why I DanceBlue with them and giving them opportunity to show why they want to participate in DanceBlue. Many dancers do not know why they want to do DanceBlue at first, but during and after the event, they soon find out why DanceBlue is important to them and to so many other people across campus.

What is your favorite DB memory?
My favorite DB memory is from DanceBlue ‘23, talking to my morale leaders and learning more about why they are so passionate about DanceBlue. This is my favorite memory because I had the opportunity to learn about why DanceBlue is so important to others and especially why it’s important to fight for the kids.

Why do you DanceBlue?
I DanceBlue for my friend that I lost to cancer a little over a year ago, as well as other children who are going through some of the toughest times of their lives. One of my personal missions in life is to benefit others through not only the acts of myself, but the acts of others who want to fight for a great cause. By participating in DanceBlue, I am able to continue to fight for the people that I love along with encouraging others to fight for the people that they love.