Students to Raise Money for Special Olympics at Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge, courtesy Wisconsin Special OlympicsUpdate: The NAC athletes raised more than $2,400 for Special Olympics. Read more.

Some Maranatha students will be “Freezin’ for a Reason” Feb. 18.

The Student Athlete Advisory Committees of all 13 Northern Athletics Conference member schools, including Maranatha, are organizing teams to participate in the Polar Plunge. This is an annual event in which participants dressed in colorful costumes jump into the frigid waters of Madison’s Lake Monona.

While it may sound a bit crazy, it’s for a good cause. Proceeds from the event benefit the Wisconsin Special Olympics.

Maranatha student Ethan Rosen said brother and sister ministry societies will pair up for the Polar Plunge. Each brother-sister society must pick a designated “plunger.” The society members will collect money and online fundraising will take place on the Special Olympics Wisconsin website.

Members of the society that raises the most money by Feb. 4 will receive a coupon for a free concessions item at a Crusaders winter sports event. “Plungers” will receive t-shirts commemorating their feat. Winners will be announced at halftime of the Feb. 7 home men’s basketball game against Northland International.

The Polar Plunge will take place from 10 AM to 3 PM at Olin-Turnville Park on Madison’s south side. Polar Plunge events across Wisconsin raised nearly $2 million last year. The NAC goal for 2012 is $2,500.

To support one of Maranatha’s “plungers,” please go here to donate online.