GREENVILLE (1/12/2010) – The 14th Annual “Polar Bear Plunge” is set for Thursday, January 21, 2010 beginning at 7:00pm at the East Carolina University Student Recreation Center. All ECU students, faculty and staff are invited to soar into the icy waters of the outdoor pool.
The first 500 jumpers will receive a free t-shirt and students are entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes including the Grand Prize of a $150 Student Stores Gift Certificate. All jumpers are encouraged to bring a canned food item and “Feed the Bear” with all donations going to the North Carolina Food Bank. Those jumpers who bring a canned food item with them will receive an additional raffle ticket to double their chances of winning prizes.
The event started in 1997 as a part of the grand opening of the Student Recreation Center. That first year 35 students took the plunge and it has grown significantly each year. The number of jumpers surpassed 500 in 2008 and closed in on 600 in 2009. Organizers fully expect a greater number of participants this year.
Following the jump, food will be available for all jumpers on the Student Recreation Center Concourse. This is also when the prizes will be given out. ECU’s campus radio station WZMB-FM will be broadcasting live from the event. Students will also get a chance to learn a great deal about the many programs, activities and organizations at ECU through the “Get A Clue” involvement fair which will be held on the basketball courts inside SRC.
Registration begins at 6:30 PM on SRC Court #1 and all participants should bring their ECU One Card to sign up. Prize drawings are expected to begin at 8:15 PM. The event is sponsored by Campus Recreation & Wellness, Campus Living & Dining, and University Unions.
For more information call (252) 328-6387 or stop by 128 Student Recreation Center. You may also view pictures and video at our Facebook event “ECU Polar Bear Plunge.”
What: Polar Bear Plunge
When: January 21, 2010 at 7:00pm| Registration Begins at 6:30pm
Where: East Carolina University Student Recreation Center
Who: All ECU students, faculty and staff are invited to participate
Contact: Student Recreation Center – (252) 328-6387
Benefit: Jumpers asked to donate a canned food item to benefit the NC Food Bank