Top Dog Challenge
Friday, February 4, 2011
St. Cloud State University has been challenged.
Chancellor Lendley Black of University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) has "double dog dared" Husky Nation to a friendly competition: Which school can raise the most money for Special Olympics Minnesota in the Feb. 19 Polar Bear Plunge?
"On February 19, both our communities will take the plunge," Black said, "and I am confident that our students here at UMD will be able to raise more money than St. Cloud for Special Olympics Minnesota."
View the event poster (PDF).
Special Olympics Minnesota is sponsoring 12 Polar Bear Plunge events statewide between Feb. 12 and March 12. In 2010, the Polar Bear Plunge included more than 7000 participants and raised $1.4 million.
UMD had a sizable lead when Lendley threw down the gauntlet, having 15 teams registered to St. Cloud State’s two.
To add fuel to the fire, St. Cloud State travels to Duluth for a Feb. 11-12 men's hockey series. It's expected the The Top Dog Challenge will be at the new Amsoil Arena.
Plans are in the works to have the winning school receive a traveling trophy.
Statewide sponsors are TD Ameritrade, ClearChannel Outdoor, Culver's, Delta Airlines, Minnesota Fraternal order of Police, FOX 9 News, FSNorth, Groupon, JNBA Financial Advisors, Kwik Trip Stores, Mult-O-Meal, Opportunity Services, United Healthcare, US Bank and Walmart.
Special Olympics Minnesota serves children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing opportunities to develop new skills and confidence through year-round training in 17 sports. Athletic talents are showcased in more than 150 annual area competitions, plus six regional and five state competitions.