QUINCY, MI (WTVB) – Two Quincy educators will take the Polar Plunge on Saturday at noon at the Big House in Ann Arbor. Coaches and middle school teachers, Brandon Suever and Robert Evans, have been gathering monies for this Law Enforcement Torch Run Special Olympics fundraiser.
“Special Olympics does some amazing things for special needs individuals across the state (and beyond),” Suever said. “I've always wanted to do a Polar Plunge and figured this would be a perfect opportunity to do so. It's been great to be able to show our students how much just a couple of people can do to help a great cause and have fun while doing it.”
The pair has been blogging about this giving back experience as the bearded sixth-grade teachers.
“As a track and football coach for the last 18 years, I know that the opportunity to be a part of team, and competition is a great way to build confidence and learn life lesson,” Evans said in his blog. “As a parent of a special needs child, I have seen how much she has enjoyed participating in sports, like horseback riding and softball. When the opportunity to raise money for Special Olympics was presented and, to be honest, spend some time in the "Big House," I jumped at the opportunity. Jumping in cold water was not much of a motivator.”
Another motivator has been Evans’ daughter, Marlise.
“Marlise is a big inspiration for both of us,” Suever said. “Marlise is an amazing person who brings a smile to my face every time I see her. She epitomizes so many great things about life, especially her spirit. I feel privileged to know her and to be one of ‘her boys.’”
To help boost their fundraising efforts, the students at QMS have been bringing in money for a coin war. Ironically, the sixth-graders were leading the war. The community can get involved, too, by taking their coins – or paper money – to QMS this week or by visiting www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/robert-evans-6/uofmpolarplunge or www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/BrandonSuever/uofmpolarplunge. You will also find their blogs at these addresses. Donations can also be made here until Saturday.
Visitors will be allowed (for free) this Saturday to watch the activities. They can park outside Michigan Stadium and “will be pointed in the right direction from there,” Suever said. “If you've never been to the Big House, it's a perfect opportunity to see the greatest football stadium in the country!”