Fri Mar 02
2:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Fri Mar 02
4:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Sat Mar 03
vs. Golden Eagle Invitational
@ Charleston, WV
Sat Mar 03
1:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Ferrum
Sat Mar 03
3:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Ferrum
Mon Mar 05
9:30 AM
Eureka
vs. Mary Baldwin
@ North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mon Mar 05
1:30 PM
Mt. Aloysius
vs. Mary Baldwin
@ N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Tue Mar 06
1:30 PM
Ohio Christian
Mary Baldwin
Tue Mar 06
3:30 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Wentworth
@ North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Field 1
Wed Mar 07
9:30 AM
Penn College
vs. Mary Baldwin
@ N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Wed Mar 07
1:30 PM
Cedar Crest
vs. Mary Baldwin
@ N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Sat Mar 10
1:00 PM
Greensboro
Mary Baldwin
Sat Mar 10
2:00 PM
Salem
Mary Baldwin
Sat Mar 10
3:00 PM
Greensboro
Mary Baldwin
Sun Mar 11
12:00 PM
Averett
Mary Baldwin
Sun Mar 11
2:00 PM
Averett
Mary Baldwin
Tue Mar 13
3:00 PM
Randolph
Mary Baldwin
Tue Mar 13
5:00 PM
Randolph
Mary Baldwin
Wed Mar 14
3:00 PM
Me.-Presque Isle
Mary Baldwin
Wed Mar 14
5:00 PM
Me.-Presque Isle
Mary Baldwin
Thu Mar 15
4:00 PM
Sweet Briar
Mary Baldwin
Fri Mar 16
vs. W&L Carnival
@ Lexington, VA
Sat Mar 17
vs. W&L Carnival
@ Lexington, VA
Sat Mar 17
1:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Meredith
Sat Mar 17
1:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
at Methodist
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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!