Westminster’s SAAC To Participate In Polar Plunge Saturday 

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III student-athletes established an official partnership with local Special Olympics programs as a part of a national community outreach initiative in 2011. Each school nurtures a mutual learning experience between the Division III student-athletes and the Special Olympics athletes through their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) program.

Westminster’s SAAC plans to participate in the Missouri’s Polar Plunge in Columbia, Missouri Saturday afternoon to help raise funds for the Special Olympics. Columbia’s Polar Plunge is being hosted by the Columbia Police Department for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support and raise money for local Special Olympic athletes by walking, running or crawling through freezing winter waters.

The Blue Jays’ goal was to recruit five team members and raise $ 1,500 to join in the festivities at Stephen’s Lake. They soared past their original goal, recruiting 12 members and raising $1,847 so far.

Eight SAAC members, two athletes, and two non-athletes make up the Westminster team. The SAAC members include: Sabrena Lary (SAAC Advisor), Michelle Fandl (Former President), Lori Jones (Winston’s Gang Chair), Brittany Lee (Philanthropy Chair), Ashley Schimmel (SLIAC Rep.), Morgan Shipley (Former Philanthropy Chair), Erin Slay (Treasurer), and Troy Temple (Blue Crew Co-Chair). The SAAC members recruited four others: two Westminster athletes, Grant Gershner (football) and Eileen Koppy (women’s soccer), and two students, Tess Fessler and Rylie Spriggs.

The February 16th Polar Plunge is just one of many activities that Westminster student-athletes participate in to raise funds and understanding for Missouri’s Special Olympics.

To learn more about Missouri’s Special Olympics, visit http://somo.org/.