Millis teens took polar plunge to benefit Special Olympics
The “Millis Deuces” took the polar plunge in March and raised more than $4,500 for Special Olympics. Courtesy photo.
Millis Deuces team raised over $4,500
for the organization
By Theresa Knapp
A group of Millis High School students took the polar plunge in Scituate on March 14 to benefit Special Olympics. The air temperature was 39 degrees.
Mackenzie Sullivan has been volunteering with her family for Special Olympics for many years. She considered taking the polar plunge this year with her father -- Joe Sullivan, a member of the Millis First Responders group that also took the plunge in March -- but then created her own team, the Millis Deuces.
“I thought it would be more fun to plunge with my group of friends,” said Sullivan, a 10th grader at Millis High School and the team’s captain. “We are all athletes so we understand the benefits that being part of a sports team has and therefore the importance of an organization like Special Olympics. We were all in and excited to create our own team and do it together.”
The Millis Deuces team members include: Mirola Arian, Lily Avakian, Jack Borst, Joe Bouret, Paige Chambers, Maryn Cyr, Connor Dibartola, Ava Hockman, Olivia Hockman, Ryan Leone, Alex Maher, Andrew Maher, Danny Pasquantonio, Norah Sugrue, Mackenzie Sullivan and Olivia Sumner.
To date, the team has raised $4,589 for Special Olympics.
“We were very excited that we surpassed our fundraising goal and were still getting more donations even as we were getting ready to plunge. We love all the support from our family and friends and community,” Sullivan said, adding they might take the plunge again next year “after we forget how cold the water was.”
For more information, or to donate to the team, visit https://fundraise.specialolympicsma.org/team/6088