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Brockport plans to take the plunge

by brockportnews
Tue, Feb 7th 2017 10:50 pm
Photo courtesy of rochester.kintera.org
DIVE RIGHT IN The Polar Plunge is an annual event to fundraise for the Special Olympics.
Photo courtesy of rochester.kintera.org DIVE RIGHT IN The Polar Plunge is an annual event to fundraise for the Special Olympics.

 Sunday, February 12, students attending The College at Brockport as well as any individuals within the Brockport community who are interested can participate in this year's Polar Plunge. Polar Plunge is a national fundraising event which has been established by the New York Law Enforcement Agency in order to raise funds for and spread awareness about The Special Olympics during the off-season. Different events take place in support of the event ranging from fundraisers to volunteers participating in the plunge itself- which is exactly what it sounds like; diving into cold water, typically at a public beach.

According to polarplungeny.org each Plunge location offers "heated indoor changing areas or male/female heating changing tents." Those who do decide to take the dive decide how deep they would like to enter the water, the website explains, "some choose to go all the way under, while others go ankle-deep and then go home," either way all participants are welcome and appreciated. 

The website also explains there is no set age limitation, however, individuals under the age of 18 who wish to participate must have a consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Brockport has been involved with the Rochester Polar Plunge for over 10 years, which is how those interested will be able to take the plunge. Committee member Jamie Russell explained she is looking forward to this year yielding many volunteers.

"We're looking forward to making this year Brockport's best showing," Russell wrote in an email.

For those who do not wish to take the plunge, but would still like to show support for the cause, Russell explains there are many other ways to contribute.

"People can show their support for Polar Plunge without plunging in multiple different ways, including getting involved in the activities and fundraisers that the Polar Plunge Committee has been planning," Russell wrote.

Some events taking place to help fundraise for the Polar Plunge are the Polar Plunge Open Skate, an event which is free for students, but will raise $1 for every student who participates and involvement in raffles as well as giving donations for the cause. 

This year Brockport is aiming to raise $3,000 for the plunge according to my.brockport.edu

The website also explains there will be different events taking place throughout the week leading up to the date of the plunge at the Seymour College Union and Activities Offices.

Anyone interested in taking the Plunge can sign up at polarplunge.net and register to be part of the "Brockport Golden Eagles" team under the join a team tab. 

Anyone with questions or concerns about registering to participate in the Polar Plunge are encouraged to reach out to Jamie Russell via email at jruss9@u.brockport.edu.

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