Students take icy plunge for a good cause – Freezin’ for a Reason


Macy Foster

Broken Arrow students jump into freezing cold water to support the special olympics.

The fourth annual Freezin’ for a Reason fundraiser was held Jan. 16 at Broken Arrow Golf and Athletic Club. Those who participated in this event were asked to raise a minimum of $50 in support of the Special Olympics team. In return, those who raised enough money were able to take a swim in the freezing cold pool.

“This event is a fun way to rally support for our Special Olympics team, and for our student body to show their support,” Christina Gould said. “We had 116 people jump in the polar plunge this year. This was more than last year’s jump and I am hoping to get even more out next year.”

This year, with the help of students, teachers, and parents, they were able to raise $5,600. This money will go towards helping cover the costs of traveling as well as provide them with suitable uniforms and gear.

“Yearly, it costs around $18,000 for our team to be able to participate in Special Olympics,” Gould said. “We have travel costs, food costs, equipment costs that all add up. These funds go directly to getting us to our Area and State events.”

Many of Broken Arrow’s athletic teams also came out and supported by jumping in the freezing cold pool.  

“I participated in this event because it was for a really great cause and it’s a Tigette tradition,” senior Meghan Brown said. “I loved the fact that my whole team did it with me and my coaches face when she hit the water.”

For many students, it was their second time participating in this event. Senior Hannah Crist jumped last year and loved it so she decided to do it again.

“I love knowing that we are helping and supporting the Special Olympic team,” Crist said.

Along with Freezin’ for a Reason, there is also an Annual Chili Cook-off fundraiser, and a Live Auction fundraiser. Tickets for these events are on sale now for $10 per person.