Some prep athletes spend their free time contributing to community causes. But how many will jump into freezing cold water to do so?
Count La Salle (Milwaukie, Ore.)
soccer player Joslynn Bigelow
as one of those wild ones who will chill to help a cause.
The 15-year-old will jump into the Columbia River Saturday to benefit Special Olympics Oregon, the second-straight year she has chosen to do so. The river is the Oregon-Washington border, and it's undoubtedly cold this time of year. According to the Sandy Post
, Bigelow has raised $500, but she's hoping to reach $1,000 by Saturday, when she plans to hop into the water.
The paper reports that Bigelow is active in school causes, including implementing a pledge for students not to use the word "retarded" in metaphorical talk. She is also a co-leader in the Community 101 Club.
“Everyone has to take the time to go beyond his or
herself and see how their words affect other people,” Bigelow was quoted as saying in the paper.
“Building an awareness, giving others opportunities and making others
feel special —— these are all great ways."