SUNY takes plunge for Particular Olympics

SUNY takes plunge for Particular Olympics

SUNY takes plunge for Particular Olympics

Appearing all smiles, ahead of their dip into wintery chilly water on the 2023 Buffalo Polar Plunge, are (from left): Haley Fenik, Savannah Salim, Dr. Janeil Rey, Alexis Adamski, Holly Rohrbach, Dr. Michael Jabot, Alexandrea Simmons, Kennedy Neckers and McKenzie Lohmer.

An intrepid workforce of State College of New York at Fredonia scholars and professors did what maximum people would by no means do – bounce right into a Western New York lake in past due December – through becoming a member of the 2023 Buffalo Polar Plunge to boost cash for the New York Particular Olympics.

“It used to be tremendous a laugh! We grew and had a bonding enjoy with our friends and professors and we raised cash for a perfect motive,” experiences Kennedy Neckers, a senior from Livonia, majoring in Early Youth and Youth Schooling.

Some huge cash!

The Fredonia Long term Lecturers Polar Plunge workforce raised a hefty $1,165 from 37 donors, simply topping their $1,000 purpose. Pledges through fellow scholars, school and members of the family ranged from $15 to $125.

This crew of fearless Fredonians used to be amongst loads of groups from prime colleges and schools, at the side of groups of first responders in addition to company and group teams, who summoned the braveness had to soar into the cold water – enduring what most certainly felt like an agonizing lengthy 1-1/2 to two mins – at Woodlawn Seashore State Park, close to Buffalo on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Scholar members – individuals of the Instructor Schooling Membership or Council for Outstanding Youngsters, each campus teams – had been McKenzie Lohmer, Alexandrea Simmons, Alexis Adamski, Savannah Salim, Holly Rohrbach, Haley Fenik and Neckers. Valiantly taking the plunge with them had been Faculty of Schooling, Well being Sciences, and Human Products and services Dean Janeil Rey and SUNY Outstanding Instructing Professor Michael Jabot.

Storybook characters had been the theme in their hand-crafted costumes and integrated the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Cat within the Hat and Pete the Cat, amongst others. “They had been heat ahead of we were given within the water, however no longer such a lot after,” remarked Neckers, president of the Council for Outstanding Youngsters. She and Simmons used to be on the helm of the SUNY Fredonia workforce, serving as co-captains.

Simmons, a senior from Springville, majoring in Early Youth and Youth Schooling, wasn’t too certain how the plunge could be gained when she offered it as a mission for the coed teams to adopt. “I used to be afraid that it wasn’t going to pan out, so I used to be undoubtedly pleased with the quantity of other folks we had.”

Neckers and Simmons thank everybody who donated, in addition to everybody who took the plunge, and hope SUNY Fredonia will bring together every other workforce for subsequent 12 months’s plunge.

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