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“Ice REC-ers” Plunge into Campus Lake for Special Olympics

March 09, 2015, Alexandra Walch

${image-alt} View larger image. Members of the 2015 Ice REC-ers Polar Plunge team are: Becky Doiron (Team Captain), Alexandra Walch, Lacey Drury, Connor Feely, Nicole Gutierrez, Sarah Bennett, Tyler Burroughs, Katy Johnson, Evan Karaffa, and Brooke Smith

On Saturday, February 28, 2015, the high temperature in Carbondale was 32 degrees, the water in Campus Lake was still covered in a thick layer of ice, and nine students from SIU’s Recreation program decided to go for a swim.  Well sort of.

Nine students represented the Recreation program as members of the “Ice REC-ers” Polar Plunge team.  The Polar Plunge, run jointly with the “Donut Dash” 5k this year is a fundraising event held at Campus Lake every winter to benefit Special Olympics of Southern Illinois.  Participants in The Plunge raised a minimum of $75 for the privilege of “Freezin’ for a Reason” and plunging into the icy waters.  All of the money raised at the event goes directly to benefit Special Olympics athletes in Southern Illinois.  This year, that amount came to just over $55,000. The Ice REC-ers raised a total of $2,453, the most of any college division team!

Confessing to still being cold three days after the plunge members of Ice REC-ers vow to be back and ready to plunge again next year!