Why I Jumped Into Freezing Cold Water

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Globe University massage therapy program students pose for a picture after jumping in Lake Winnebago in freezing temperatures for Special Olympics of Wisconsin.

Brandy Fish took one look at the freezing cold water below her and thought one thing: “It’s for a good cause!” Never mind the chance of hypothermia, her hair turning to icicles or her blue and purple fingertips; she jumped for a good cause—The Special Olympics of Wisconsin!

Fish is just one of the Globe University “Healthy Healers” massage therapy program students who braved the bitter temperatures to jump into the lake on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Menominee Park in Oshkosh, Wis. Event organizers even went on record to say that it was the second coldest year of the Polar Plunge in its history. 

Even though it was one of the coldest days, the event still brought in a total of more than $425,000 for the Special Olympics of Wisconsin!

Brandy was proud to be a part of such an event. “I know many friends and family that have benefited from the programs provided by the Special Olympics of Wisconsin,” she said. “It’s a great organization and I’m glad I could be a part of helping raise that amount of money.”

While only a few students weren’t too chicken to jump into the frigid water that day, many staff members, faculty and students participated in fundraising efforts on campus. Paper polar bears were sold for $1 at the front desk–an effort that raised almost $100 on its own.

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Paper polar bears were sold for $1 at the front desk of Globe University to raise money for Special Olympics of Wisconsin.

“We’re nuts for jumping in an ice-cold lake,” Brandy said. “But it’s for a good cause!”

Globe University is happy to support the Special Olympics of Wisconsin, whose mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.