The Pittsburgh Polar Plunge is an event to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA). Plungers commit to "Freezin' for a Reason" and raise a minimum of $50 to dip a toe, wade, or jump on into the icy waters of the Ohio River. Funds raised from the plunge support the nearly 20,000 athletes that participate in Special Olympics activities across the state of Pennsylvania. This year's plunge took place on February 24th, 2018.
Twenty members of the Baldwin-Whitehall community—students, parents, and staff—participated. The group raised nearly $5,500, placing them in the top 15 among all fundraising teams. Transition Coordinator Eric Jankoski was one of the staff members who took the plunge. Jankoski shares, "this is always a fun event for all of us, and it means even more that we get to raise money for a cause that is very near and dear to our hearts: the Special Olympics. The weather was cold and rainy, but that didn't dampen our spirits one bit as we all jumped into pools of freezing-cold water."