The Wisconsin School of Business has a great MBA program which provides a world class education for its students, but there is more to the school than just academics. UW culture places a strong emphasis on community service and a balanced life beyond work or academics. Following this philosophy, more than 50 Wisconsin MBA students and faculty (seen here in a picture from a past plunge) will brave the cold this weekend in order to raise money for the Special Olympics.
These brave souls will be among hundreds of people participating in Wisconsin’s annual Polar Plunge, a charity event where people gather pledges in return for a quick dip into the frigid waters of Lake Monona in Madison. The MBA program has traditionally been among the top fundraisers in the event. Last year the program rose over $10,000 for the Special Olympics, but students this year have been working hard to beat last year’s total.
Students will take the plunge Saturday afternoon February 20th at Olin Turville Park--so come on out to support the Special Olympics!
Money raised from the Polar Plunge will support local Special Olympics programs in Wisconsin, allowing nearly 10,000 athletes with cognitive disabilities to experience the joys of participation in sports and competition with their peers. Visit the Special Olympics website for more information on the Madison Polar Plunge. You can also make a donation to the UW MBA team here.
Jeff Swhier is a first year MBA student in the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business. He moved back to the Midwest from NYC to take a position in a property management company and plans to return there after completing his degree.