Friday, April 26, 2013

PT Students Take "Polar Plunge"!

Hats off (and coats on) to the Rockhurst PT team who participated in the "Polar Plunge" on January 25, 2013 to raise money for Missouri Special Olympics.

There were nine people on the Rockhurst team (seven 1st year students, one 2nd year and a cousin who decided to join the fun).

We can do this!!
From the Polar Plunge web site:

"This 'unbearable' event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities."

Oh,'s all fun and games until you hit the water!!

Through donations from friends and family as well as fundraising done on campus through the sale of donuts and coffee and a trivia night, the Rockhurst team raised $1,017. Way to go team!

On the day of the plunge, the air temperature was 38 degrees, but the water was a chilling 34! In fact, many coves of the lake had been iced over (yikes!).

Whose idea was this again?
(Notice that the volunteers all have thermal suits on!)

This year a record setting 1,038 people participated in the Polar Plunge and raised over $274,000 for local athletes. We want to extend thanks (and hot cocoa) to everyone on the Rockhurst team who helped make the event such a success!!

We did it!!