VFCC Students Take Polar Bear Plunge
Seven of the Christian college kids braved the cold last month in Bensalem.
Seven Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) students braved the cold, Saturday, February 23, to take part in the 5th Annual Eastern Pennsylvania Polar Bear Plunge at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pa. A first time event for VFCC, students raised over $475 through charitable donations and sponsors to benefit the Pennsylvania Special Olympics.
The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support local Special Olympics athletes by jumping or running into icy cold waters. This is the state’s largest year-round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Amanda Gauthier, Student-Athletic Advisory Committee Advisor was happy to see this newly formed committee plan the event and raise funds for a great cause. “The main purpose of this event was to raise money and participate in a nationwide organization that touches so many lives,” Gauthier said. “This was the first in many steps to get more involved with the Special Olympics. This event helped students step out of their comfort zone, with absolutely no benefit to themselves or the school. Everything they did and all the money that they raised went completely to funding the Special Olympics and getting connected with that community.”
The National Collegiate Athletics Association Division III (NCAA III) places a strong emphasis on the importance of the Special Olympics. Since entering their provisional membership last year, the VFCC Office of Athletics and Student Athlete Advisory Committee learned about this organization and has partnered with the Eastern Pennsylvania Special Olympics.
The Polar Bear plunge was the first, but certainly not the last event the VFCC athletics team and students will participate in. Gauthier stated, “We wanted to bring a better awareness of the Special Olympics to the College and start paving the path for a partnership with Special Olympics of Eastern Pennsylvania and VFCC!”
The release was submitted by Valley Forge Christian College.