Campus-wide Polar Plunge scheduled for November

Alpha Sigma Alpha and Alpha Gamma Rho will host Murray State Campus Polar Plunge at the AGR house Nov. 6.

The cost to register for the plunge is $50 minimum and the event is only open to Murray State students, faculty and staff.

All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Kentucky.

The pool will be set up at the AGR house, which is located off campus, at 1005 State Route 121 N. You can register at www.soky.kintera.org or at the AGR house at 7 p.m. the day of the event.

The Campus Polar Plunge differs from traditional plunges because this plunge will be glow-themed. The participants will wear glow necklaces and other glow-in-the-dark items. Plungers are also invited to participate in the costume contest.

The costume contest will follow the opening ceremony at 8 p.m. The lucky individual or group with the best costume will receive the “Golden Plunger” award.

The plunging will begin at 8:30 p.m. and everyone who takes the chilly dive will receive a free Campus Plunge T-shirt.

Those who donate $150 or more will also receive a Campus Plunge towel in addition to the T-shirt. Food provided will be free for those participating.

  Afterwards, ASA and AGR will hand out awards to the top fundraisers.

The top fundraising faculty or staff member will receive a plaque and the top individual fundraiser will receive a gift basket.

The teams will also have awards to look forward to, including Top Greek Fundraising Group, Top Student/Residential Colleges/Athletics Group and Top Academics/Faculty and Staff Group.

After the plunging is complete and awards are given, AGR will host the Post Plunge Bash, which will be free for all participants and $3 for non-plungers. The Post-Plunge Bash will start at 10 p.m.

The goal for the event is $15,000. With just under a month to finish fundraising, the number sits at $1,460 as of Thursday.

Polar Plunges bring in a lot of revenue each year for Special Olympics Kentucky. This past winter Polar Plunges across Kentucky raised $670,000 for the athletes, according to the Kentucky Special Olympics website.

The money raised pays for Special Olympics participants in Kentucky competitions and equipment.

Story by Taylor InmanStaff writer