EWU Football Helps Raise $3,100 for Special Olympics at Polar Plunge
Led by Student-Athlete Advisory Committee secretary Aaron Neary, 24 players/staff take part in plunge, including head coach Beau Baldwin
Even Eastern Washington University football coach Beau Baldwin took a frosty dip.
A total of 24 EWU Football players and staff took part in last Saturday’s (Feb. 22) Polar Plunge in Liberty Lake after helping raise $3,100 for Special Olympics Washington. For the second-straight year, the Eagles were recognized with an award as the event’s top fundraising school.
The group’s efforts were led by offensive guard Aaron Neary, the secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at EWU. Baldwin, who showed up just to watch, was moved by the efforts of his players that he too jumped into the frigid waters.
Student-athletes from Eastern’s football program manned telephones at KHQ Television in Spokane on Feb. 8, and for every $50 that was pledged, an Eastern player was “rewarded” with a plunge into the frigid waters of Liberty Lake on Saturday, Feb. 22.
EWU Athletics and its student-athletes have participated in the Polar Plunge annually since 2012, raising more than $600 dollars that year before raising nearly $700 in 2013.
Eastern’s efforts for the Polar Plunge are coordinated by Joel Vickery, EWU’s assistant athletic director for compliance. Below is a complete list of “plungers.”
Aaron Neary – secretary of EWU Student
Athletic Advisory Council
Vernon Adams Jr.
Beau Baldwin – EWU Head Football Coach
Joel Vickery – EWU Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance