Pictured: Gannon University Police and Safety Polar Plunge Team
In a daring plunge into icy waters, Gannon University’s Police & Safety Department didn’t just face the challenge of the Erie Polar Plunge on Nov. 11, they made waves of impact.
The event was sponsored by the PA Law Enforcement Torch Run and took place at Beach 7 in Presque Isle State Park. The team – aptly named “Gannon University Police and Safety” – emerged as the second-highest fundraising team with just over $3,400 raised to benefit the Special Olympics.
The team comprised of 18 members, 10 of whom were members from Gannon’s Police & Safety Department along with seven children and grandchildren, and Lori Robson from Gannon’s Health Center. The motivation went beyond the thrill of the plunge; the team rallied behind their third-shift dispatcher’s grandson, who actively participates in Special Olympics basketball, making the cause even more personal.
In Erie County, there are more than 300 athletes participating in Special Olympics programs. Support from the Polar Plunge helps fill critical needs in the lives of our athletes by providing opportunities for physical activity, social interaction, and the demonstration of achievement to themselves, their families and the community.
The $3,400 raised by this team contributed to an impressive total of over $100,000 raised for quality training, competition, leadership training, and health initiatives for Special Olympics athletes around the state.