Cooling Off For Charity While Supporting Student-Athletes

Cooling Off For Charity While Supporting Student-Athletes

BLUE BELL, Pa - A lunchtime Fall Sports Pep Rally served as the perfect backdrop Tuesday as a quartet of Montgomery County Community College administrators stepped up to meet the "Chillin 4 Charity" Challenge as part of a national fundraiser to support cancer research.

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Vice President Kathrine Swanson, Athletics Director Bruce Bach, men’s and women’s soccer head coach Obed Arango and head men's basketball coach Denny Surovec received a refreshing ice water bath during an event on the Central Campus in Blue Bell aimed at supporting the college's talented student-athletes.

The college's athletics department and men's basketball program was challenged by their counterparts at Rowan College at Gloucester County. Dr. Swanson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, was challenged by Rob Steinmetz, her equal at Harrisburg Area Community College.

"Adding the 'Chillin 4 Charity' Challenge in with the Fall Sports Pep Rally was a way to support both a great cause and our terrific student-athletes here at Montgomery County Community College," said Bach. "Thankfully it was a warm September day."

Before getting doused with five gallons of ice water, each of the participants issued challenges of their own - Bach challenged Matthew Cipriano, Athletics Director at Bucks County Community College; Dr. Swanson challenged Coach Arango; Arango, also a faculty member at the college, challenged John H. Petito, Assistant Academic Dean, Social & Behavioral Science, at Bucks County Community College. Surovec challenged Patrick Boylan, one of his assistant coaches, as well as alum and former Mustangs basketball player Dexter Shy.

In remarks afterward, Orango lauded his many players in attendance for their work both on and off the field and challenged others to make the most of their future, in particular at the college.

The fundraising campaign started on June 9 when the women's basketball team at the University of Arizona urged coaches and players from the Pacific-12 Athletic Conference to take the "Cold Water Challenge" by having a jug of ice water poured over their heads. As the fundraising campaign went viral, coaches and administrators throughout the country have been "challenging" colleagues to participate.

The foundation was founded in memory of Kay Yow, the former North Carolina State and U.S. Olympic Team coach who died of breast cancer in 2009. It has already contributed $3.8 million to research into cancers that affect women.

- Bob Kent, Sports Information Director