ST. CLOUD, Minn – It wasn’t quite polar-like temperatures Saturday afternoon, but that didn’t stop St. Cloud State (SCSU) Student Athletes from taking the challenge in the the Annual Polar Plunge this past weekend.
The Plunge is an annual event that takes place across the state to help raise awareness and support special Olympics Minnesota. This year Waters Edge on Pheasant Lake held over 500 participants helping raise over 60,000 dollars.
Due to the warm temperatures Minnesota has seen in recent weeks, thin ice conditions were of concern which made the plunge extra special, turning the plunge, to a dunk tank.
A jumper from the event said, “I was pretty disappointed when I heard the news, I’m from California and you don’t get many opportunities to do this type of thing.”
Although the event was changed many people still came out and showed their support. St. Cloud State had over 40 student athletes participate this year raising over $5,000 dollars for the event.
Stephanie Waletzko, President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) said, “are goal was to get the word out much earlier around campus and to try to beat our funding number of one-thousand dollars from last year.”
St. Cloud State looks to increase that funding number every year. They made it clear that giving back to the community is not a right but a privilege that they get to do something for other athletes, but together as huskies.