While some people may say that the Special Olympics are a better cause, I have lived in
my entire life. I wanted to have my second child’s middle name to be Hawkeye. Leigha agreed to go along with it as long as it was a boy. I’m not saying that I wish that I didn’t have a daughter, but I still wish that her middle name was Hawkeye. Apparently, it isn’t feminine enough. Iowa
For my entire life, the
has had the premier wrestling program in the country. Since 1979, when I was born, they have won twenty National Championships. To put that in perspective, during that same time there were several professional sports that had dynasties. The Lakers won ten NBA championships, the 49ers won five NFL, the Yankees won five MLB and the Red Wings won four NHL. It is not an exaggeration to say that Iowans consider any season that does not end in a National Championship as a down one. The HWC supports wrestlers once they graduate as they train for the Olympics or other such events. To actually participate, a $100 donation was required. So I created a Google Checkout account and asked for donations on here. At work, I had set up a canister asking for $1 donations, which many people gave. Because of the generous donation by Move360 Fitness, I was able to freeze in front of a cheering crowd. My friend from work, Betsy decided that she wanted to take the plunge with me, and I glad that she did. I’ve realized that when participating in activities such as these, it is always nice to have a partner. University of Iowa
Several days before the event, I e-mailed the organizer of the event, a former wrestler, and asked him for some information.
Hello there, my friend Betsy xxxx and I are both planning on participating in the polar plunge on Saturday, but we don’t really know the details. According to your website, the event is at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Casino. Where should we meet? And should we come before 11? Are we jumping into the pond? Will there be a place available inside the casino for us to change our clothes? Should we bring our own paparazzi? Betsy wants to know what to wear. I realize that you are a guy as well and might not be able to answer this, but I told her that I would ask. Thank you for you help.
-Adam J. Williams
He maintained a level of professionalism, but I can only assume that he thought that I was crazy.
January 28th 2012 was the day of the big event. The jumping was planned to start at noon, with us registering up to an hour ahead of that. Unfortunately, the kids had swimming lessons that conflicted with the plunge. So while they jumped into water assisted by lifeguards, I jumped into freezing water with men specially equipped with scuba gear.
As soon as I got out , I kept moving through the crowd. I needed my towel. I needed my hat. I needed something to cover me. The time from entering the water to exiting may not have even been a minute, but it was a really long minute. It wasn’t because I was cold or the fact that the water actually hurt to be in. It was like I stepped outside of myself and watched as I waded through the water. I figured that this was a combination of the surge of adrenaline and the body going into autopilot survival mode. This was the reason that people do crazy and life-threatening things.
After we changed, Bev joined Betsy and me inside the giant tent to have some hot food and drinks. We sat amongst the wrestlers and their family. Betsy commented on how, despite not actually knowing anybody, they were incredibly nice to us. It felt like, if only for a day, we were part of the team.
By participating with this, I managed to make it to the cover of the Daily Iowan. I am the guy on the bottom picture that looks like he is about a foot taller than anybody else.
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