Everyone is Invited to JA's Penguin Plunge

By Kayla Vanover | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The ninth annual Penguin Plunge planning is underway, and everyone is invited!

Today, Junior achievement presented the event to the public at Aqualand Pools and Spas in Bowling Green.

The penguin plunge is an event for individuals and teams to raise a minimum of $50, to earn the right to jump into thirty-five degree water. Aqualand Pools and Spas and Builders Association Home Expo provide the pool for the event.

The money goes to Junior Achievement's business and economics programs. These programs allow volunteers to visit classrooms and teach students in kindergarten, through twelfth grade.

This year, the plungers will have a hot tub to sit in after leaving the cold pool water. Plungers are also encouraged to wear silly costumes. Junior Achievement will be giving away the Plumage Award to the most creatively dressed “Penguin”. The Emperor Penguin Award will be given to the individual who raises the most money and group awards will also be presented.

"Once you do it, it's something you want to check off your bucket list, just the idea that you've done something crazy! I've done it before and it's not as bad as what you think. It's the anticipation of actually jumping into the water that is worse than the actual plunge itself,” said Heather Rogers, Junior Achievement President.

The Penguin Plunge is Saturday, March 1. The plungers will turn in their money during registration at ten o'clock. The fun begins at 10:30, with a parade of the costumed plungers.

In Glasgow, the Penguin Plunge event will be replaces with the Penguin Shuffle 5k, a twilight trail run/walk held at Barren River Lake State Resort Park on Saturday, March 15. The event will feature scenic course with some off-road terrain to make the run more challenging. The run will begin at four o'clock and early registration is $35.

We have provided a link to the Junior Achievement website for more information.

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