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WilmU's Polar Bear Plungers Take the Leap for a Great Cause!

On a chilly Sunday morning in early February, a huge crowd of people huddled together on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, intent on shedding warm clothing in anticipation of taking a dive into the icy waters.  And while the frigid temperatures made this endeavor daring, it was benevolence and goodwill that drove them forward into the waves.  Among the 286 participant teams that were registered for the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge, stood a wonderful representation from Wilmington University.  WilmU’s team, which was organized by the Pi Gamma Mu Alumni Chapter, included students, staff, alumni, faculty and friends of the University. This team, like all of the others, was there in an effort to raise as much money as possible for the Delaware Special Olympics.

Team WilmU was composed of 36 plungers, a handful of towel holders, and an impressive cheering section.  And at the end of the day, this team raised an outstanding $4,285.00 for the cause!  Outstanding job, Wildcats!

Here’s what a couple of our participants had to say about the Plunge:

“The Plunge is one of my favorite events we do as an alumni association.  Students, alumni & supporters come together to raise money for Delaware Special Olympics.  The Polar Bear Plunge is all about commitment.  We commit to raise money, to join as a strong force to support kids that are making a difference in the world despite it being challenging, and we commit to jumping in the Atlantic Ocean despite the temperature!  It is impossible to attend this event and not feel a sense of pride in Wilmington University and the impact it has in the community.  Each year I hope that we make this a bigger event and raise more money for a charity that deserves every penny!” – Lauren Hale, Chapter Chair for the Student Alumni Association

  “Wilmington University is like a second family to me, and families find ways to support one another and help those who need us.  By participating in the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge, I'm able to spend an afternoon with my WilmU family, take a dip in the ocean and enjoy the sand between my toes while supporting Special Olympics.  I can't think of a more perfect day. I'm very proud to wear my WilmU t-shirt to the "Plunge" and even prouder to see so many other Wildcats who are lined up at the ocean's edge.  Our participation only reinforces the dedication and commitment that WilmU displays both for its academics and community involvement.” - Stephanie Szczerba, Chapter Chair of Pi Gamma Mu Alumni Chapter

Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - New Castle, DE