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Manchester University Polar Plunge 2019

Manchester hosts Polar Plunge to aid Special Olympics


Manchester University is hosting its first Polar Plunge, a fundraising event to help support the Special Olympics.

Manchester invites residents of Wabash and Kosciusko counties to Freezin’ for a Reason on Saturday, Feb. 22 outside the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC).

“This is a great way for individuals and their teams to support our area while having a blast,” said Ali Goetcheus, MU director of civic engagement at theAcorns Office of Volunteer Services. “Please join us and commit to raise up to $75 for Special Olympics.”

Team members can sign up as participants, which means they jump in the water, or “virtual plungers,” who raise money but do not get wet.

To register, go to https://www.firstgiving.com/event/soindiana/Polar-Plunge-North-Manchester.

Events begin at 10 a.m. with sign-ups and welcome, followed by costume judging at noon. The water portion is 12:30-1:30, with the After-Splash Bash lunch at 1:30 p.m.

The goal is to raise $17,000 for Special Olympics in Wabash and Kosciusko counties, with 50 plungers on campus. The event will highlight local allied sports teams for students with intellectual or physical disabilities. 

“If you are taking part in the plunge, we advise wearing old gym shoes you don’t mind getting wet,” Goetcheus said. “You’ll want to bring a pair of dry shoes and a change of clothes.”

Participants are encouraged to wear costumes to represent their teams.

If you have questions, contact theAcorns at 260-982-5721 or theacorns@manchester.edu.

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With campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., Manchester University offers more than 70 areas of academic study to 1,400 students in undergraduate programs,a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Science in pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu

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January 2020