PAC student Athletes take the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
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Published: Sunday, December 2, 2012
Updated: Sunday, December 2, 2012 23:12
PITTSBURGH – The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) took part in Sunday’s third annual Pittsburgh Plunge by taking a dip in the Allegheny River to raise funds for Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Westminster College student athletes were among those plunging into the frigid river water outside of Heinz Field.
The PAC SAAC raised over $4,000 for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, the state's largest year-round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and their communities.
Despite intermittent rain showers throughout the day over 80 members of the conference’s SAAC participated in the event, while members of each of the league’s 10 schools took part in the conference-wide fundraising effort.
“Today was my first opportunity to be on site for the Plunge and it was pretty overwhelming to see the tremendous regional support for such a worthy cause like Special Olympics Pa. The PAC couldn’t have been happier with the unbelievable turnout and support of our student-athletes, and talking with our kids they really understand what a great opportunity the Plunge is for the PAC and its student-athletes to give back,” PAC assistant commissioner Kevin Fenstermacher said.
While official team roster sizes weren’t available, it was quite clear the PAC SAAC’s 83 participants was the largest individual team to participate in Sunday’s Plunge.
The Division III SAAC initiated a partnership with Special Olympics at the 2011 NCAA Convention. This partnership with Special Olympics is to help improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes through their involvement with Division III student-athletes and to foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.