Eagle Football Top Fundraising School at Plunge

Led by Ronnie Hamlin and Steven Forgette, a group of about 20 players help raise approximately $700 for Special Olympics

The Eastern Washington University football team won the award as the top fundraising school at Saturday’s (Feb. 23) Polar Plunge at Liberty Lake near Spokane, Wash.

A group of about 20 players helped raise approximately $700 for Special Olympics, and were led by linebacker Ronnie Hamlin and offensive guard Steven Forgette. Eastern Athletics Academic Advisor Jim Fitzgerald and Faculty Athletic Representative Laurie Morley also took the plunge.

The Polar Plunge required participants to jump into the frigid waters of Liberty Lake and wade out about 20 yards. It is a fundraising effort organized by law enforcement agencies throughout the state benefiting Special Olympics Washington. According to the group’s website, more than $40,000 was raised online in advance of the event, plus additional money collected at the event itself.

“I appreciate our student-athletes and staff helping the community, and this is just another great example," praised EWU athletic director Bill Chaves. "Our commitment to Special Olympics has been well-documented and I can only see it growing in the years ahead."
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