Nineteen very brave and fun-spirited teachers and staff from two of our Centers recently took an icy, early morning plunge into the waters of Nantasket Beach. The plunge raised funds to support sporting activities for the Centers’ students with brain injury and adults with mental retardation.
The “Brainwaves” team (pictured right) from the May Center for Education and Neurorehabilitation in Brockton, Mass., raised over $3,000. The “Maysicles,” from our Center for Adult Services in Springfield, Mass., collected over $2,000 in pledges. Both teams raised critical dollars to fund the year-round sports training and athletic competitions sponsored by Massachusetts Special Olympics for athletes with ntellectual disabilities.
“The Passion Plunge is so rewarding for us plungers!” says Elizabeth Violanto, organizer of the Brockton team. “The funds we raise enable Special Olympics to be successful. That’s why we’re ‘freezin’ for a reason’!”
The May Center for Adult Services provides residential and day habilitation services for adults with moderate to severe mental retardation. The May Center school for children with brain injury enables students to regain cognitive skills and develop independence. Eighty percent of the students in our care move on to more independent settings.