Cornell to plunge into Special Olympic benefit event March 25

Annual Ithaca Polar Plunge

Cornell will be solidly represented March 25 when a number of its students, faculty and staff join local community members in the fourth annual Ithaca Polar Plunge at 1 p.m. Registration, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., precedes their jump into the still-frigid Cayuga Lake at Taughannock Falls State Park Beach. The polar plunge supports local Special Olympics athletes.

The five teams from Cornell already signed up are: Cornell Swim and Dive, with captain Elizabeth Thayer; Phi Delta Epsilon, captain Agnes Kwak; Phi Sigma Sigma, captain Shelya Finker; The Cold Brew Crew, captain Kerri Jones; and TriDelta, captain Aliza Maki.

Another team, 5K Chili, led by Gary Cremeens, comprises mostly Cornell staff from Infrastructure Properties and Planning, with team members including Chris Austin, Bridgette Brady, Wendy Cremeens, Tom Davies, Carl Hoaglin, Bradford Norton, Chris Robinson and Nathan Walz.

Cornell community members are invited to support the event by sponsoring or cheering on team participants.

Program information is available, as are commentary and photos of the 5K Chili team. For more information, contact Cassandra Rucker,