Polar Plunge brings in over $19K, 100 plungers to Manchester University

The DePuy Synthes group, who went formal with their costumes this year, get a group photo before taking the jump into the icy pool. (Photo: Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw)

In the middle of February, you would never think about jumping into a pool filled with water. Maybe not just for the heck of it. But to raise money?

Over 100 people did that on Saturday afternoon at Manchester University for the 2020 Polar Plunge, benefiting Special Olympics Indiana. The day brought in over $19,000 to benefit the organization and its athletes.

Some notable groups of plungers included employees of DePuy Synthes in Warsaw and Tippecanoe Valley High School.

A group from Tippecanoe Valley High School, including principal Brandon Kresca, get a group photo before jumping into the pool. (Photo: Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw)

DePuy was also the winner of the group award at the plunge as they raised just over $6,100 for the plunge. Jason Langhorn and Liam Rowley led the group, who went in all formal wear, with bright blue and orange tuxedos.


DePuy Synthes receives a the group fundraising award after raising over $6,100 for Special Olympics. (Photo: Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw)

Manchester University President Dave McFadden took the first jump into the chilly waters, followed by other administrative members of the university. The Spartans women’s basketball coach Josh Dzurick also jumped in, full suit, just before his team took on the Earlham Quakers on Senior Day.

Manchester University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Josh Dzurick exits the pool after a plunge. (Photo: Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw)

The Polar Plunge in recent years was held in Warsaw, but moved to North Manchester as interest grew in that area, especially with the school’s students.

Four other colleges and universities held a plunge on Saturday, including Indiana University in Bloomington, Butler University in Indianapolis, Ball State University in Muncie and Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

If you couldn’t make it out for the Manchester plunge, there will be another chance to take the plunge on Saturday, February 29th at Four Winds Field in South Bend. You can find more information for that event here.