South River Burpee-A-Thon Raises Nearly $9K for 'Plunge'

About 135 students did 42,000 "burpees" to raise money for the Special Olympics.

It appears South River High students will do pretty much anything to raise money for this year’s Polar Bear Plunge.

After students brought a goat to school to raise money to raise money for the Polar Bear Plunge, about 135 students could be seen doing push-up/jumping jack hybrid workouts for a whole hour on Saturday in what has been called the Burpee-A-Thon.

Burpees, a CrossFit-style workout where people go down for a push-up and then lunge back up, jump and reach for the sky—over and over again. 

From 10-11 a.m. on Saturday at South River’s turf field, students executed burpee after burpee, totaling 42,000 and raising more than $8,700 for the SnoHawks.

“The athletes got sponsors to either pledge a certain amount per burpee they completed or a flat rate for participating,” said South River boys lacrosse assistant coach Greg Speed. “It went really well.”

Coming up next for the SnoHawks is a special fundraiser on Tuesday at Adam’s Ribs in Edgewater. Head boys lacrosse coach Paul Noone will be serving as a guest bartender from 5-8 p.m., Speed said.

According to the SnoHawks’ official Polar Bear Plunge website, the team has raised $15,645.37. 


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