Freezin’ for a Reason

Polar Plunge PhotoBy: Kenzi Weidman

This has been a cold, dark, long winter and considering the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, we have many more weeks to go. All I think about is swimming in a pool and being outside, and then I remember that I have to wait awhile yet for that. Then I heard about the Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge. Swimming in 90° weather sounds a lot more appealing than jumping into a freezing cold pool when it is expected to be in the low 20’s, but I’ll take what I can get. A pool is a pool right? I can’t be picky.

Every year participants take the plunge into the ice-cold water, whether it is a pool, ocean, lake, or river, to show their support for the Special Olympics. When talking to some of the jumpers from last year, many replied with “Raising money for the Special Olympics in order to jump into a freezing cold pool is like a winter tradition.” It is so exciting to see everyone be supportive and brave.

The event is schedule for February 15, 2014, and the jumper’s take the dive throughout the morning and early afternoon. Warhawk Fitness & Aquatics has created a team of about 17 workers that are brave enough jump and most importantly caring enough to raise enough money for the Special Olympics. Each jumper needs to raise a minimum of $75, and with the help of EVERYONE (yes you reading this blog) we hope to reach our team goal and raise grand total of $1,300.00.

Wondering how you can help? Here are some options:

  • Stop by Room 100 of the Williams Center, and they will gladly take your donation.
  • Do you workout at the Weight Room, University Fitness, Group Fitness classes, or maybe take advantage of the Williams Center pool? All those locations you can donate your money to the supervisor and they will put it in the designated envelope.
  • Don’t like to carry cash? Are you from out of town? You can donate online! Choose one of the listed jumpers to donate to at the Warhawk Fitness and Aquatics Donation Site!
Pat Fogarty
Tyler Filipiak
Kenzi Weidman
Callie Carlin
Mary A Marren
Christine Panella
Eric Schuerman
Kate Marty
All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics directly and our team needs your help to reach our goal so we can all be Freezin’ for a Reason! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at I am so excited for this event; I would love to discuss anything you have questions about!

“Always remember that it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you keep on going”
~Kenzi Weidman

Pulling Tabs for a Purpose

Tabs photoBy: Kenzi Weidman

It took me a long time to think about what I wanted you readers to know about this week. As I started thinking, I realized that I am always writing about how you can make yourself better, whether in the aspect of fitness, health, or eating habits. So this time, let’s talk about making someone else’s life better.

Have any of you ever heard of the Ronald McDonald House?
The Ronald McDonald House is an independent, non-profit organization that acts as a “home” for families that have children that are being hospitalized for treatments. It is a place for the families to rest, shower, sleep, or relax while still being close to their loved one. The best part about it, there is NO COST for the families!

How many Ronald McDonald Houses are there and where are they located?
Currently, there are 322 Ronald McDonald houses in over 52 countries around the world. That amounts to over 7,200 bedrooms that families are able to use each night. There is a substantial cost to operate these houses every day, and they rely on donations to make a lot of this happen!

What can you do to help?
Every semester, Warhawk Fitness and Aquatics saves their can tabs, or “pop tabs”— soda, beer, juice, soup or any other item that has a fully aluminum tab—to donate to this amazing charity. The tabs are sent to the Ronald McDonald House and they cash them in for money to be put towards the costs of housing each family that is in need.

In my opinion, this charity is not only one of the most amazing programs that helps families in tough emotional and financial situations, but it is also one that can always benefit from donations! Collect your tabs, and turn them in to either the Williams Center, the University Fitness Center in the Wells basement, or contact me directly and I will GLADLY take them off your hands.

Currently, I have my ENTIRE family collecting tabs, along with area bars. It is so simple to just pop the tab off, and save it for a cause that truly needs out help.

If you have any further questions regarding our “Pop Tab Wars”, please contact me, Kenzi Weidman. Visit this link to learn more about the Ronald McDonald House  

Are you up for the challenge? Prove your dedication to Warhawk Fitness and help us help those in need!

“Always remember, it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you keep on going.”
-Kenzi Weidman