By Tom Devine ‘20

It was a bright summer day and the beach was “bumpin.” No, not quite. The day was full of cold shivers on the beach. The irony in that! However, the shivers paid off because the Chicago Polar Plunge happened.

On March 1, 2020, Brother Rice and Mother McAuley students participated in the polar plunge. The Polar Plunge was the 20th annual year held in Chicago. The event is geared to help Special Olympics Chicago.

The group’s combined goal was $2,000 and ended up raising over $10,000!

The Brother Rice baseball team took part in the event as well.

“The plunge was a very humbling experience. I knew the water was going to be cold, but I did not expect it to be that cold. There were also great vibes everywhere since it was for a great cause,” said senior Alex Roche.

Senior Frankie Mesec was considered to be the man of the hour at the plunge. Frankie led the Crusaders and Mighty Macs into the waves with his great Crusader costume.

“It was a cool experience to be in the costume. I got to lead the charge into the water and got to represent our school. It felt weird,” said Frankie.

Some Crusaders made it clear that it was by far the coldest water they have ever been in.

“I completely freaked out when I went underwater. I almost felt my life flash before my eyes. It was that cold,” said Cam Hill.

With the DJ blaring music, everyone cheering, and waves splashing, it was a day to remember.