Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
Ruckie, the lovable mascot of Rugby Athletic, is gearing up to take the Polar Plunge tomorrow afternoon in an effort to raise money for the Special Olympics. Since joining the Rugby Athletic team, Ruckie has moved into a role as the charitable arm of the growing company.
Tomorrow he gets to freeze his antlers off in the frigid waters of White Bear Lake in Minnesota.
The Polar Bear Plunge — presented by Minnesota law enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run® events to benefit Special Olympics — is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into frigid Minnesota waters. It consists of 14 different events that take place across Minnesota during the coldest months of the year.
This year is the 14th year of the Polar Bear Plunge in Minnesota. The first Plunge took place in Minnesota at Como Lake in 1998 and had 65 participants who raised $20,000.
In 2005, 1000 plungers raised $275,000 at five Plunge locations. By 2008, Minnesota had 11 plunges, 3,500 participants, and raised $725,000. Just two years after that, in 2010, the Polar Bear Plunge took place in 13 different locations, included over 7000 participants, and raised $1.4 million!
Ruckie is participating in the fundraising efforts as part of the Rugby Athletic team. The team has already raised over $500 for the event and can still use some support. As an added bonus, anyone that donated more than $25 gets a free Ruckie the Moose Polar Plunge T-Shirt.