Beaver Falls, PA – The Presidents’ Athletic Conference and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) took part in the annual Pittsburgh Plunge by taking a dip in the Allegheny River to raise funds for Special Olympics.
Geneva College was represented by nine student-athletes from its SAAC group that participated in the plunge. As a conference, the PAC SAAC raised over $4,000 for Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Special Olympics is the state’s largest year-round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families.
Throughout the day over 80 members of the conference’s SAAC participated in the event, while members of each of the league’s 10 schools took part in the conference-wide fundraising effort.
“The PAC couldn’t have been happier with the unbelievable turnout and support of our student-athletes,” said PAC assistant commissioner Kevin Fenstermacher.
Geneva College student-athletes involved in the 2012 polar plunge included: Jacob Jaros (Basketball), Jordan Harbison (Basketball), Mackenzie Kemerer (Softball), Megan Porter (Soccer), Justine Miller (Soccer), Anna Kluitenberg (Tennis), Ashley Davis (Softball,Volleyball), Rachel Lee (Softball), Ashlyn Mathoslah (Volleyball).
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College’s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).
Geneva students have the opportunity each summer to attend Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies to develop practical methods of caring for the environment.