Freezin’ for a real reason
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The second annual Freezin’ for a Reason took place at Forest Ridge Swim and Tennis Center on January 25th, 2017. It was a chilly 45 degrees outside, and the water was roughly 40 degrees.
Freezin’ for a Reason is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics team in Broken Arrow.
“By the time we were ready to jump I was already pretty cold but I was more nervous about how the water would feel once I got in,” senior Rachel Nelson said. “Jumping in wasn’t as bad as I thought, but after I got out it was so cold, like a thousand tiny needles in my legs.”
The point of the event is to raise money to buy new uniforms as well as new equipment and travel expenses for the summer games. Although it is a chilly event, it is for a really great cause to help support our Special Olympic Athletes. The overall goal this year was to raise $6,000.
Several teams and coaches showed up to the event to raise money. Teams such as soccer, swimming, Tigettes, and the football coaches attended. Soccer had the largest turnout and raised over $950 just by themselves.
“I did Freezin for a Reason because our soccer coach told us about it and recommended it and I knew it was for a good cause so why pass up the opportunity,” senior Hailey Gonzalez said.
For decorations they had a snowman that blew soap bubbles that imitated snow.
Over 90 people took the plunge on Wednesday, which raised $7,396.66 for the Special Olympians. This event is hoped to raise more and more money each year as a continuing tradition.
“I would definitely recommend participating in Freezin’ for a Reason to everyone next year,” senior Jacob Taylor said. “It is such an easy sacrifice of fifteen dollars and a few seconds of coldness that really helps our Special Olympics Program at Broken Arrow. This year we raised $7400, far more than our target, $6000.”
The funds raised will help the Special Olympics team compete in a few months at the summer games.