New Berlin West athletics participated in the Polar Plunge at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Feb. 26, raising $4,195 for Special Olympics of Wisconsin.
The Vikings baseball program led the organizational and promoting efforts, but student-athletes from wrestling, softball, cross country, soccer, poms and football all jumped as part of the fundraiser. National Honor Society and Club Unify also raised money for Special Olympics by working concessions and donating earnings.
"We've had groups participate in the Polar Plunge but really wanted to continue building upon that," New Berlin West athletic director Jordan Napoli said. "We have a lot of passionate kids in this building who are interested in giving back."
Longtime Vikings coach and New Berlin police officer Tony Pine challenged the school to get more involved and grow participation.
"We promoted and held meetings to tell the kids about Special Olympics and how the Polar Plunge works," Napoli said. "We then challenged them to find ways to raise money either individually or as a group. The kids stepped up in a big way."