By Luke Swiatek ‘18
The Polar Plunge, which took place on March 5, 2017, featured numerous people who took a plunge into the icy winter waters of Chicago to support Special Olympic athletes in Illinois. In order to participate in the event, plungers must raise at least $100 in donations in exchange for jumping into the water. More than 20,000 Special Olympics athletes benefit from this fundraiser, so it has a big turnout every year. Not only do plungers get to take part in an awesome experience that helps out those in need, but they also get to have a good time and meet new people. A post-plunge party takes place for participants after the event, which is a great way to meet new people.
Mrs. England, an English and Journalism teacher at Brother Rice, took several students to the Polar Plunge to hand out towels to those coming out of the water. One of the students who attended was Joe Kresic, a junior at Brother Rice. When asked about the event, Joe shared a few thoughts about his experience, “We handed out towels for all the people that were coming out of the water. It was a good way to give back to the community and it was for a really great cause. I thought that it was a great way to come together as one and support those who need our help.” It’s the participation in events like this that make Brother Rice the place to be.