The Sigma Tau Gamma Chapter at Millersville University won the “Cool Campus Award” at the Capital Area Polar Plunge. The Capital Area Polar Plunge was held the weekend of the January, 16 at Gifford Pinchot State Park.
The “Cool Campus Award” is given to the registered campus team that has raised the most money. This is the second year in a row that Sigma Gamma Tau won this award. Sigma Tau Gamma has entered into the Polar Plunge three times.
Sigma Tau Gamma rose over $3,500 for the Special Olympics of PA. Dominic Via, an MU graduate and Sigma Tau Gamma brother said that many people are touched by the cause.
The brothers reached out to anyone they knew to get them to sponsor Sigma Tau Gamma.
“Everyone donates for their own reason,” Via said.
Via said his own reason for getting involved is close to his heart. He has a brother who was born with health problems.
Sigma Tau Gamma tried to get everyone to sign up to do the plunge. If the brothers couldn’t participate, they were still encouraged to go to the event. Not everyone signed up to participate has to jump into the cold water. Some do what is called the “chicken plunge” where they get up on stage and do the “Chicken Dance” in front of the crowd.
This is one of three events that Sigma Tau Gamma participates in a semester for philanthropy. Sigma Tau Gamma volunteers for the Special Olympics as their national philanthropy. Other events include raising money for cancer research. Sigma Tau Gamma sometimes helps out with environmental issues by adopting a highway.
They also helped with the sustainability garden behind McComsey. Via explained that fraternities at Millersville do not typically follow the stereotype of fraternities. They also help around the community. “This is a group of guys that want to better themselves, the university and the community,” Via said.