Kennesaw State students helping make miracles happen


Children's Healthcare names treatment areas for KSU Miracle

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 2, 2018) — Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hosted a pep rally and celebration Friday in recognition of the difference Kennesaw State University students are making for local children.

Kicked off by the Kennesaw State cheerleaders and Scrappy the Owl, the celebration recognized the $215,129 donated by the KSU Miracle during its 12-month fundraising campaign. KSU Miracle, a student-run philanthropy, raises money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta through different fundraisers during the year, the largest of which is the dance marathon in March.

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As a result of the contribution, Children’s Healthcare named the KSU Miracle Rehabilitation Treatment Rooms and the KSU Miracle Sports Medicine Gym at the Children’s Healthcare Outpatient Care Center at Town Center. The new facility in Kennesaw is located across from Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

“So many kids are going to benefit from this building. Miracles will be going on every single day,” Igne Zukaraite, executive director of KSU Miracle, told the crowd gathered for the celebration. “Our money is helping make that happen.”

Zukaraite choked up as she continued, “So many lives will be changed here, and we are celebrating that today. That is awesome.”

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The $215,129 collected for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was more than three times the amount raised the previous year. A $300,000 goal has been set for the current campaign, which concludes with this year’s dance marathon on March 24.

“Of all the activities I’ve seen our students participate in, their zeal and their success for Children’s Healthcare is unmatched,” Kennesaw State President Sam Olens said. “These are students, and they raised $215,000. That’s astounding.”

For more on KSU Miracle and its fundraising efforts, click here.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit