Batavia students have set an impressive goal to help local Special Olympic athletes. Members of the high school chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) will be participating in the 2020 Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 1st. They have set their fundraising goal at $10,000. All of the proceeds will help Ohio’s Special Olympics athletes participate in training and events.
Students will raise money individually for the privilege of plunging into ice cold water. The team is mostly students, but Batavia Local Schools superintendent, board members, and teachers have also joined the team. In fact, the top two fundraisers will get to push assistant principal Darren Stevens and language arts instructor Danielle Newman into the pool.
While the students are currently one of the top five teams, they have a long way to go to reach their $10,000 goal. They have succeeded in the past, donating more than $80,000 over the past ten years.
“The Polar Plunge is a fun way to raise money for the Special Olympics, which gives people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in sports training and competition. It is a great way to give back while having fun in a community event,” said Megan Wallace, Batavia BPA Vice-President.
Chapter advisor Angie Kovacs said, “To take the plunge, each team member has to raise a minimum amount. They are asking family, friends and businesses to become sponsors. “
At a time when the accountability of our younger generation is sometimes questioned, it is great to see a groups of high school students giving back to their community.
The plunge will take place at Joe’s Crab Shack in Newport, KY on Saturday, February 1st beginning at 11:00 am. For more information, to sponsor a team member, or to join the team visit http://events.soky.org/goto/bataviahsbpa.
Business Professionals of America is the leading student organization for members pursuing careers in business, information technology and other related careers. BPA members are enrolled in the Great Oaks Business Management satellite program at Batavia High School.