CP Management’s, Jeff Robinson, Amanda Knoepfler and their team, the Weekend Warriors, plunged into ice cold waters to raise money for Special Olympics New Hampshire this past month. All together their team raised nearly $10,000 for a great cause!
As in 2021, the plunge this year was Do-It-Yourself. Jeff opted for a bucket of ice-cold water poured over his head while sporting a penguin suit, while Amanda dove into the waters at Hampton Beach. Both are looking forward to hopefully returning to the event of past years where hundreds of “plungers” gather and collectively run into the ocean’s freezing waters.
Statewide the event this year has raised over $875,000 and counting through 1,300+ individual donors. CP Management and multiple employees were happy to support Jeff and Amanda in this great cause. All funds go towards the support of 3,000+ special Olympic athletes in the state. As the Weekend Warriors page state, “The Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities. Athletes find joy, confidence, and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. They inspire their communities to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.”
Jeff has supported Special Olympics for over 20 years and is a current Board Member for Special Olympics NH, while also serving on the organization’s Development Committee. He is a strong believer in its mission as he states on his page, “Athletics has always been a huge part of my life and I have been fortunate to build lifelong friendships, travel the world, and experience countless life lessons through my involvement in athletics. Special Olympics is providing similar life experiences to athletes with intellectual disabilities. Through my involvement with Special Olympics, I have seen firsthand how Special Olympics is providing athletes with experiences they otherwise wouldn't have. These experiences are not just athletic experiences but are life experiences and life lessons - building a team, building friendships, working toward a common goal, to be humble with success and learning from failure. The Special Olympics is providing its athletes with the self-confidence to go out and make a difference. “
Amanda’s page mentions how she has been involved with the organization for almost a decade, but has been more recently taking the plunge, “I've been donating to the Special Olympics and supporting plungers since 2014. I later became a volunteer at the event in 2020, where I served food inside the warmth of the Hampton Casino Ballroom. Swearing up and down that I would never jump into the ocean in the winter like a maniac. I quickly changed my mind when the athletes took the stage and immediately won me over! Like the true maniac I had become, I decided to run into the ocean in 2021 instead of dumping water over my head like the majority of DIY plungers. I'm told that once you become a plunger, you're a plunger for life… so in true maniac fashion... I'm back for round two!”
To learn more about Special Olympics New Hampshire visit www.sonh.org or make a donation to the Weekend Warriors at https://fundraising.sonh.org/fundraisers/WeekendWarriors.