Students of Missouri Western are taking a dip into this year’s Polar Plunge. The plunge is being put on by the NorthWest Region Special Olympics to help raise awareness.
This February, adults, children and students are able to take part in an event to help those who are unique. Students from both Missouri Western and Northwest State University will be plunging in Lake Contrary in St.Joseph on Feb. 18.
According to Melody Prawitz, Northwest Area Director for the Special Olympics, it’s a great way to give back to your community.
“This is our premier event, and our biggest fundraiser,” Prawitz said. “This is a great way for Missouri Western students to show community support, and organization skills.”
Among community members participating in this event, Western’s staff, organizations, and students are taking part by raising money. As stated by Amber Rivera, Alpha Sigma Alpha President, the donations that they receive will go straight to the Special Olympic athletes, all 900.
According to Prawitz, at this moment we have around $10,000 in donations. “The goal that we have set for this year is around $60, 000,” Prawitz said. “We believe we can reach that goal by the Power Plunge.”
Rivera is doing her part by asking friends, organizations, and community members to donate to her team for the cause.
“We are asking students for donations or to volunteer,” Rivera said. “The donations that we receive will go to the Special Olympics athletes here in our area.” According to Rivera, anyone can donate money by going to www.somo.org/mwsuplungers. Rivera is also looking for others to join her team.
Student Natalie Bush will be plunging again this year for the Special Olympics.
“I plan on plunging and donating money to raise awareness.” Bush also states that the cause is a lot of fun, and it affects many people’s families for the better.
According to Rivera, the event is one that has touched her life.
“Every time I see one of the kids able to play basketball, and see their faces, it makes my day.”
If you would like to participate in the plunge you can register online or the day of the event. The cost for each person is $75 or they are asking for volunteers.