Recreational Sports will host the first ever Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. in the McComas Hall Pool. This event is open to all students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Participants will plunge into the pool water to raise money for American Red Cross student training and development.

For a $10 pre-registration fee, participating “polar bears” receive one ducky and get to compete in the TCBY Brain Freeze Ice Cream Eating Contest, the Frozen Ducky Race, the Eleven West Frozen T-shirt Contest and finally, the main event, the Polar Bear Plunge for Prizes. Prizes include, but are not limited to, nano iPods, VT Rec Sports towels, gift certificates from Cox’s Driving Range, Pizza Hut, TCBY, Texas Steakhouse, Blockbuster, Famous Anthony’s, Wholistic Massage, EA Sports, Boston Beanery, Champs’ Café, PK’s, Red Lobster, Beamer’s Steakhouse, The Lyric, and Ginger’s Jewelry.

“The local community has really helped us out with prize donations for this fundraising event,” said Cathy Kropff, marketing and special events manager for Virginia Tech Recreational Sports, “Without their support, we would not be able to offer fun and exciting fitness events such as the Polar Bear Plunge, Diamond Dive, and 5K Runs. Many of our student-employees have mandatory American Red Cross training updates to complete but do not have the necessary funds to complete the training. With this fundraiser, we hope to be able to help our student-employees in need so that they can continue working for us while attending Virginia Tech.”

Check-In and Event Day Registration begins at 9 a.m. and is $15 dollars. Each registrant will receive one duck for participation in the Frozen Ducky Race. Extra ducks for the race can be purchased to increase participants’ chances of winning for $3 each or the 4-Quack for $10.

The Polar Bear Plunge for Prizes pool temperature will remain at the normal 83 degrees. Registration forms and more information on this event and other upcoming events can be found on the Recreational Sports website.

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