Sussex Technical High School students studying athletic health care-physical therapy participated in the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge at Rehoboth Beach Feb. 2. The team members, who are members of Sussex Tech’s Cool Schools Project Unify group, collectively raised approximately $1,500 to benefit Special Olympics Delaware.
The Sussex Tech team consisted of Alyssa Houghtling, Breanna Cathell, Kayla Clavette, Alyssa Holston, Holly Anderson, Tara Cannon, Sydney Wright, Kaitlyn Willin, Korral Schlabach, Natasha Taylor, and Shelby Towers. Club advisors Kristen Wright and Carolyn Maull accompanied them. More than 3,250 Special Olympics Delaware supporters plunged into the 34-degree Atlantic Ocean, collecting a record amount of more than $725,000 for the organization.
The Special Olympics Delaware Cool Schools Challenge is a unique team-building activity that combines fun, courage, school spirit, and community service for a great cause. Cool Schools is part of the Special Olympics Project Unify initiative to raise awareness and engage schools and students in supporting local Special Olympics Delaware athletes by taking the plunge.
The plunge is Special Olympics Delaware’s signature fundraiser in which participants raise money by gathering pledges for their chance to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on a winter day.