Sun Aug 26
4:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Randolph
Fri Aug 31
vs. Bridgewater
@ Bridgewater College
Fri Aug 31
3:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Catholic
@ Harrisonburg, Va. Eastern Mennonite Invitational
Fri Aug 31
7:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Bryn Mawr
@ Eastern Mennonite University
Sat Sep 01
10:00 AM
James Madison University Club Team
Mary Baldwin
Sat Sep 01
12:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Delaware Valley
@ Eastern Mennonite University
Sat Sep 01
2:00 PM
Longwood University Club Team
Mary Baldwin
Sat Sep 01
2:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan
vs. Mary Baldwin
@ Harrisonburg, Va.
Tue Sep 04
7:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Ferrum
Wed Sep 05
7:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Hollins
Fri Sep 07
12:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Hollins
@ Salem, VA 2018 Maroon Classic
Fri Sep 07
6:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Roanoke
Sat Sep 08
vs. MBU Golden Acorn Invitational
@ Murphy-Deming College of Health Sciences
Sat Sep 08
2:30 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Greensboro
Sat Sep 08
3:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Randolph
@ Salem, Va. Maroon Classic
Sat Sep 08
5:00 PM
Ferrum
vs. Mary Baldwin
@ Roanoke College 2018 Maroon Classic
Sun Sep 09
TBA
Mary Baldwin
at The University of Virginia Club Team
Tue Sep 11
3:00 PM
William Peace
Mary Baldwin
Thu Sep 13
7:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at East. Mennonite
Scrimmage
Fri Sep 14
vs. Adidas XC Challenge
@ Cary, NC
Sat Sep 15
11:00 AM
Radford University Club Team
Mary Baldwin
Sat Sep 15
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia
vs. Mary Baldwin
@ Bridgewater, Va.
Sat Sep 15
3:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Tue Sep 18
7:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Greensboro
Fri Sep 21
4:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Pfeiffer
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Fighting Squirrels Plunge for Special Olympics

Mary Baldwin student-athletes at the 2018 Polar Plunge.
Mary Baldwin student-athletes at the 2018 Polar Plunge.

Virginia Beach, VA—On the first Saturday of February, six Mary Baldwin University athletes traveled to Virginia Beach to jump into the Atlantic Ocean in 38-degree weather. The annual Virginia Special Olympics Polar Plunge is a fundraiser for competition and training events for over 21,000 athletes. This year, 3734 participants raised $1.2 million to help send Team Virginia to compete in the USA Games being held this summer. The MBU team raised $1248 towards that effort.

NCAA Division III Athletics and the Special Olympics have a partnership, encouraging DIII institutions to participate in or create events for Special Olympic athletes. The MBU Athletic Department has chosen this event as a great, fun way to support and contribute to a worthy cause. This is the second year that the Fighting Squirrels have participated in the event.

Senior Jannelly Ramos has participated both years. “As an athlete, it is fun to do something that can help other athletes out! It was nice to find out after the Plunge that our efforts will help send Team Virginia to the USA Games. Plus, it was a fun experience to go plunging in the ocean with my teammates! I hope I can continue to do the Polar Plunge every year.”

First-timer Nykia Free is now a Polar Plunge convert. “When I first heard about the Polar Plunge, I was a bit skeptical because the date of the plunge was scheduled in the winter, and we would be jumping into the ice cold ocean! But when I learned about the cause behind it, my jitters slowly subsided. I loved raising money for the Special Olympics, plunging, and seeing the amount of people who participated (and their costumes!). The response I got from friends and family was amazing, and I can’t wait for next year!”

The MBU Fighting Squirrels Polar Plunge team would like to sincerely thank their friends, families, and the MBU faculty and staff for their support of this community service project. We look forward to next year’s Polar Plunge event!