Nearly 20 brave CBA students plunged into the frigid Atlantic Ocean on Sunday afternoon to support service immersion trips at the Academy.
In what has become a decade-long tradition, CBA’s presence was felt at the annual AOH Polar Plunge in Sea Bright, which centers around fundraising for Catholic education in the Monmouth County area.
The Student Council chose to raise money to support more service immersion opportunities at CBA. Funds raised will be used to support trips to places like the De La Salle Blackfeet School in Montana and the Romero Center in Camden, as well as supplementing other service initiatives. CBA Campus Ministry has already embarked on a record number of service immersion trips this school year.
Alumni from the late 2000s will remember Br. Joe Miggins championing participation in the Polar Plunge, eventually taking part in the Plunge himself in 2012. It has remained a staple event at CBA in January each year since then.
About the AOH Polar Plunge
The AOH Polar Bear Plunge was started in 2007 by the members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 2 Monmouth County, NJ for the purpose of helping Catholic Education. Funds raised by the event are used for scholarship, financial aid, endowments, and facility projects, in an effort to help schools maintain enrollment levels. The event provides a platform for these groups to fund raise without the worries of operating the event. This cooperation has allowed all of the participating schools see a great return on their efforts with 100% of the funds raised returned to the plunging schools. In its nine year history, the event has returned over $1.1 Million to Catholic Schools. In past years, upwards of 30 different schools took the Plunge.