CRESTVIEW HILLS, Kentucky (March 17, 2022) – The Thomas More University Dance Team embodies a core value of the University’s mission, as it acts on “its responsibility to others” through service and making a difference in the community. They are certainly making a difference in the life of a young cancer patient, Marley Johns. Johns, an 8-year-old struggling with a brain tumor, was introduced to the Thomas More dance team in late 2021 through Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit that connects children with serious illnesses or disabilities with university sports teams.

“Marley was able to attend practices (where she both watched and participated), games, and even her very first dance competition,” says Marley’s mother, Teresa Johns. “She got to be with the girls on the floor during the (NAIA) awards, and the smile on her face was one I hadn’t seen in a long time. When we were in the car on the way home from racing, Marley said ‘Mom, this is a day I will never forget.’ With all the hard things this little girl went through in her short life, that phrase has echoed daily in my heart ever since. »

In early March 2022, Marley joined the Thomas More University Dance Team on a trip to Ann Arbor as they competed against other top competitive dance and cheer teams at the University of Eastern Michigan for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Competitive Cheer and Dance. National Championships.

“When we agreed to bring a Team IMPACT athlete into our program, I think we all assumed that our team would impact her in some way, but we didn’t expect to the impact she would have on us in return, especially in such a short time,” says Kara Thompson, head coach of the Thomas More University dance team. “She gave meaning to good many of our student-athletes, and I really think we’ve only scratched the surface. Marley and her family are so special to our team and I know they will be part of our dance family forever. Our program is stronger thanks to Marley; we are the lucky ones.”

The Thomas More Dance Team’s support of Marley doesn’t stop at college events. Team members also showed up to cheer on Marley in her own endeavors, attending basketball games and a ‘fashion show’ fundraiser for pediatric cancer patients she walked around in. . “The joy Marley feels when she sees them cheering her on is surely immeasurable, but is written all over her face,” Johns says. “You can see his confidence increase tenfold.”

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About Thomas More University

For 100 years, Thomas More has created a university for the student who wants to be more, do more, seek more, earn more, achieve more and create more. Since its founding in 1921, Thomas More has provided a mission-oriented liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition. Students learn to harness the power of human reason to solve problems and uncover truth, allowing them to begin the journey to becoming the person they were created to be. Entering the second century, it’s time for More. Serving more than 2,000 students, Thomas More aspires to be the first Catholic university in the Cincinnati/northern Kentucky area, building on the #1 ranking for long-term gain in Kentucky (Georgetown study 2019 ) and to share with this generation the transformative power of the Thomas More experience. To learn more, visit

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