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MSG sponsors Erie Polar Plunge team

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mercyhurst University has a steadily growing team of brave students, staff and faculty preparing to “take the plunge” on Nov. 21 to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

The Erie Polar Plunge will kick off a series of nine events across Pennsylvania this winter to support the state's largest year-round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) is sponsoring the university team, and MSG members Sam Lioi and Lindsay Rowe have served on the planning committee that’s bringing this event to Erie for the first time.

Participants are asked to raise at least $50 in donations for Special Olympics before taking a dip into Lake Erie’s chilly waters off Presque Isle Beach 7. Registration on Saturday, Nov. 21, will begin at 9 a.m. and the plunge will take place at noon. Spectators are encouraged, and live music, food, ice carving and other activities are planned at “Plunge Town” throughout the morning.

Mercyhurst Student Government will award prizes to students who raise the most money through personal pledges or donations, and the “Golden Plunger” award will go to the student who raises the most money. Transportation to the peninsula will be provided for Mercyhurst students.

“We’re asking students to challenge their family, friends, professors and staff to face the elements, and be ‘freezin’ for a reason,’” Lioi said. He added that those who don’t want to make the plunge themselves can still help by pledging donations to the Mercyhurst team or to individual participants.

Rowe noted, “We want to prove how truly ‘compassionately hospitable’ our campus is by dedicating our time and resources to people who deserve our support. Not to mention other colleges in the area will be bringing teams, and we need to show them what it is all about to have real Laker Pride!”

Anyone interested in joining the team can contact Lioi or Rowe at

Learn more about the Erie Polar Plunge, or make a donation, at