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Highlander Polar Plunge Raises Money for Special Olympics

RADFORD -- Jumping into the New River on a chilly, February day may seem a bit unusual, but that's exactly what nearly 100 people did Saturday morning during Radford University's inaugural Highlander Polar Plunge.

The polar plunge, part of Radford University’s rescheduled Centennial Homecoming 2010 festivities, gave RU students, alumni, friends and the entire campus community an opportunity to make a contribution of service as part of the university's Centennial Service Challenge. All proceeds from the event, held in Radford's Bisset Park, benefitted the Special Olympics.

A snow storm that struck Radford on Feb. 6 forced the postponement of all RU Homecoming festivities until this weekend.

The Highlander Polar Plunge was sponsored by the Radford City Police Department, RU Dining Services, RU's swimming and diving team and the RU Alumni Association.

For more information on other events celebrating Radford University's Centennial or how you can join the service challenge, please visit the Centennial Web site.

Participants in polar plunge

Participants in Saturday's Highlander Polar Plunge hit the icy cold waters of the New River.

Participants in polar plunge

The Highlander Polar Plunge was sponsored by the Radford City Police Department, RU Dining Services, RU's swimming and diving team and the RU Alumni Association.

Participants in polar plunge

Radford City Police Chief Don Goodman '84, with arms raised, was among the participants who took the plunge.

Feb. 20, 2010
Contact: Christy Jackson (cjackson2@radford.edu; 540-831-7745)

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