Thursday February 11, 2016
South Burlington middle school and high school students jumped into the chilly waters of Lake Champlain this weekend to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Vermont athletes. This marks the fourth year of participation in the annual Penguin Plunge for F.H. Tuttle Middle School (FHTMS), a tradition started by Sean and Sam Carlson. Last year the FHTMS team’s fundraising efforts topped every middle school in the state, which encouraged the graduating 8th graders to continue the tradition this year at the high school. Brendan Precourt, now a freshman, spearheaded the first year of this tradition at South Burlington High School (SBHS), along with fellow ninth-graders Sean Carlson, Elijah Hines, Jack Zagursky, and Brendan Bridge. They did such a great job, that they inspired several upperclassmen as well as Athletic Director, Ed Hockenbury, and Track Coach, Geoff Bennett to join them.
Together, the district’s two teams raised $13,065. The FHTMS ALL-STARZ raised $6,837, and the SBHS REBELS collected $6,228 for Special Olympics of Vermont, who provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 13 Olympic-type sports for more than 1,140 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.