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Bobcats sing for babies

By Jenna Wilson
While we were far from the American Idol Studios, OU Idol brought Ohio University students together to sing for a good cause. In honor of Prematurity Awareness Month, which is the month of November, our March of Dimes student organization, with the help of an event planning class and communication's club, hosted a singing competition to heighten awareness for premature birth and raise money for the March of Dimes.

Twenty-six students auditioned for the OU Idol competition on the Athens campus at an open audition. Contestants paid a $10 entry fee to benefit the March of Dimes and sang 60 to 90 seconds a cappella for the auditions. After each performance, the judges provided feedback to each contestant. At the end of the auditions the Top 10 contestants were announced, and then a surprise two more contestants were added in to make a Top 12. The Top 12 contestants advanced to the OU Idol Finals. During the Finals Round, contestants performed their entire song and were critiqued by three, qualified judges imitating Randy, Simon and Paula. A Public Vote accounted for the score of the "fourth judge." At the end of the night, the Top 5 contestants were announced, each receiving $25 to a local hair salon.

Aaron Cox was announced as the winner of OU Idol, winning a prize package worth over $1,000! Aaron sang John Mayer's "I Don't Trust Myself with Loving You" while playing acoustic. He won several gift certificates from around Athens, Ohio, including, a $150 gift certificate to a local hair salon, a gift basket and a three song demo recording CD with LeVeck Entertainment and Production.

OU Idol raised $700 for the March of Dimes and received a great deal of media coverage. A local newspaper, "The Athens News," even gave OU Idol the entire front page! It was a fun show and was well supported by the community. Singers were able to showcase their talent and we were able to raise funds and heighten awareness for all babies during Prematurity Awareness Month.

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For the middle school and early high school audience, check out our Teen-2-Teen program. This three part video series, along with a full curriculum, allows teachers, high school students and other community leaders to share healthy lifestyles information with middle school students and 9th graders.

How can I get involved?

  • Contact your local March of Dimes office and find out if they have any current programs for students.
  • Join March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org - start a new team for your school, campus or club! Or simply ask a few friends to join in your walk for healthy babies.
  • Use the resources on this site to plan your own fundraiser or awareness event, and contact teamyouth@marchofdimes.org if you need any help!
  • What does the March of Dimes offer youth?

    Enriching and enduring lifelong experiences through opportunities to:

    • Build leadership skills
    • Network among like-minded student leaders nationwide
    • Give back to communities and make a difference locally
    • Become involved in meaningful civic engagement, including advocating for local and national policies
    • Be educated about a healthy lifestyle today and in the future
    • Earn community service credits and enhance resume
    • Develop public speaking skills while building character and self-confidence

     

    Who is part of March of Dimes Team Youth?

  • One million youths nationwide are supporting the March of Dimes mission, and all of these volunteers fall under our umbrella term "Team Youth."
  • From elementary school to college, students and teachers/advisers have joined together to reach the day when every baby is born healthy.
  • We have many national service partners and youth organizations who have partnered with the March of Dimes.
  • By volunteering for the March of Dimes, you are a part of Team Youth!
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