Members of Sigma Phi Epsilon pose with friends prior to the Polar Plunge.
By Ashley Rogoff
Three Greek organizations on LTU’s campus participated in the Detroit Polar Plunge on Feb. 15.
If you don’t know what the Polar Plunge is, picture jumping into the Detroit River when it’s 10 degrees out! This is exactly what the members of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Chi Omega Rho, and Kappa Beta Gamma did! I was told that the water temperature was about 30 degrees. Of course, they wouldn’t do this type of thing just for fun.
The best part about the Polar Plunge is the outfits people wear. This year we saw Mario and friends, a chicken, and some bright colors to make it more fun!
The Polar Plunge events raise money for the Special Olympics. There are 30 Polar Plunges planned in the state of Michigan for 2014. All the funds that each participant raises go toward 19,000 athletes that have intellectual disabilities.
Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest fundraisers for the Special Olympics all over the world. The goal is to enable all who have intellectual disabilities to feel a part of something and receive respect in the communities.
The LTU Greek organizations raised over $4,000 together. Thank you to all who donated and participated! You guys are doing great things for your community.
If you still want to participate or donate to the cause, there’s still time!
Check out: www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge