News Release

Britney Gulledge,
Public Relations Associate
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

2014 Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Brings Out the Warmth of Wilmington University Students, Faculty

"Taking a dive" is a good thing for a good cause.

Temperatures barely above the freezing point could not keep the Wilmington University “polar bears” from plunging into the Atlantic's icy waters for a good cause. 

Team WilmU hosted by Pi Gamma Mu, met at Rehoboth to participate in the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge, joining 285 other teams and 3,252 attendees. 

Pi Gamma Mu members, along with students and faculty members, made up the Wilmington University team of over 36 members while many students came to support the team and the event.  The team raised over $4300 this year, nearly doubling their donation of $2600 in 2013.

In total, this year's plunge raised over $725,000 in support of the Delaware Special Olympics. Organizers had a range of events planned including, an ice sculpting competition, a pooch plunge, a 5k run, a chili tasting contest and a post-plunge party.

Special Olympics Delaware utilizes sports as a platform to create life-changing experiences for those involved or touched by the program. Donations and awareness raised through events make it possible for them to continue their mission.

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Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - New Castle, DE