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Local Teams Exceed Goals for Polar Bear Plunge

Both the South River Snohawks and South River Youth Athletics team significantly exceeded their donation goals for Special Olympics Maryland.

The South River “” recently announced that they reached their donation goal for this year’s Polar Bear Plunge.

Doug Brown, the team’s captain, student government and senior class advisor, said the school hopes to get 250 people involved and raise $20,000 for Special Olympics Maryland. The team exceeded both targets by registering 287 plungers and raising $33,902.45 in donations.

In an interview with WBAL, several students expressed their excitement at meeting the team’s goals.

"Everybody wants to go and freeze their feet off. I mean it's just fun to go and participate and we're trying to beat other schools. We are in first place right now for raising money," South River High student Michael Seaberg told WBAL.

The Snohawks plan to take the plunge into the Chesapeake Bay’s frigid waters Friday at 12 p.m. The South River Youth Athletics as well as Mayo Elementary’s principal, will accompany the Snohawks in the bitter-cold waters.

The SRYA team set a goal of $5,000 and exceeded it greatly, raising $5,967 for Maryland Special Olympics.

’s involvement in the Polar Bear Plunge was unorthodox by having kids focus on minutes of reading instead of fundraising dollars. However, the children were still motivated, , earning their principal a dip in the bay’s waters.

Tim Lemke (Editor) January 27, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Guy in that photo looks pretty excited. For those interested, here's an update on Arundel High's team, which has also raised quite a bit of money. http://patch.com/A-q064

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