Sat Dec 15
2:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Meredith
Sun Dec 16
2:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
Mary Baldwin
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at East. Mennonite
Wed Jan 02
6:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan
Mary Baldwin
Sat Jan 05
2:00 PM
Pfeiffer
Mary Baldwin
Sun Jan 06
2:00 PM
Meredith
Mary Baldwin
Wed Jan 09
6:00 PM
Greensboro
Mary Baldwin
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Methodist
Sun Jan 13
2:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at N.C. Wesleyan
Sat Jan 19
vs. Wake Forest Invitational
@ JDL Fastrack, Winston-Salem
Sat Jan 19
2:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Pfeiffer
Wed Jan 23
6:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Averett
Fri Jan 25
vs. Finn Pincus Invitational
@ Roanoke College
Sat Jan 26
vs. Finn Pincus Invitational
@ Roanoke College
Sat Jan 26
2:00 PM
Methodist
Mary Baldwin
Sat Feb 02
2:00 PM
William Peace
Mary Baldwin
Sun Feb 03
vs. Vince Brown Invitational
@ Christopher Newport University
Sun Feb 03
2:00 PM
Salem
Mary Baldwin
Fri Feb 08
vs. VMI Winter Relays
@ Virginia Military Institute
Sat Feb 09
vs. VMI Winter Relays
@ Virginia Military Institute
Sat Feb 09
2:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Greensboro
Fri Feb 15
vs. UCS Invitational
@ JDL FastTrack
Sat Feb 16
vs. UCS Invitational
@ JDL FastTrack
Sat Feb 16
7:30 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Shenandoah
Sat Feb 23
2:00 PM
Guilford
Mary Baldwin
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Fighting Squirrels Plunge for Special Olympics

Mary Baldwin student-athletes at the 2018 Polar Plunge.
Mary Baldwin student-athletes at the 2018 Polar Plunge.

Virginia Beach, VA—On the first Saturday of February, six Mary Baldwin University athletes traveled to Virginia Beach to jump into the Atlantic Ocean in 38-degree weather. The annual Virginia Special Olympics Polar Plunge is a fundraiser for competition and training events for over 21,000 athletes. This year, 3734 participants raised $1.2 million to help send Team Virginia to compete in the USA Games being held this summer. The MBU team raised $1248 towards that effort.

NCAA Division III Athletics and the Special Olympics have a partnership, encouraging DIII institutions to participate in or create events for Special Olympic athletes. The MBU Athletic Department has chosen this event as a great, fun way to support and contribute to a worthy cause. This is the second year that the Fighting Squirrels have participated in the event.

Senior Jannelly Ramos has participated both years. “As an athlete, it is fun to do something that can help other athletes out! It was nice to find out after the Plunge that our efforts will help send Team Virginia to the USA Games. Plus, it was a fun experience to go plunging in the ocean with my teammates! I hope I can continue to do the Polar Plunge every year.”

First-timer Nykia Free is now a Polar Plunge convert. “When I first heard about the Polar Plunge, I was a bit skeptical because the date of the plunge was scheduled in the winter, and we would be jumping into the ice cold ocean! But when I learned about the cause behind it, my jitters slowly subsided. I loved raising money for the Special Olympics, plunging, and seeing the amount of people who participated (and their costumes!). The response I got from friends and family was amazing, and I can’t wait for next year!”

The MBU Fighting Squirrels Polar Plunge team would like to sincerely thank their friends, families, and the MBU faculty and staff for their support of this community service project. We look forward to next year’s Polar Plunge event!