Posted by: sonewjersey | April 6, 2010

Guest Post: Brian Mahoney Jr. – Repeat Plunger!

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 Quick note: People are still talking about the Plunge!  If you have a story you want to share (Plunge or general SONJ), be sure to get in touch with us!  ALSO,  the Plunge website is still up & people can still donate to teams!  Visit http://www.njpolarplunge.org/ to donate!

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Brian’s Story

My team is the Cold-Blooded Cubs. There is a huge history of my team.

In 2001, Brian Mahoney Sr. decided to create a great union of friends, to do some good, and make a difference in this world. From this union the Ocean’s 12 was born, and 3 years ago 4 new kids joined the group: Brian Mahoney Jr., Luke Guglielmo Jr., Colin Kochakian, and Parker Tobia. When they joined, Ocean’s 12 became Ocean’s 12+. It has only been 9 years, but A LOT can happen in that time. In those 6 years, we have been able to raise over $200,000.00!!! Two years ago, new members joined: Jack Sigillito, Matt Parker, Michael Mintz, Hannah Wimmershoff, Marisa Origoni, and Erica Barish. This past year, another person joined the Cubs: Danny Morgan

 So, the event we participated in was the Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge. When I was younger, my dad always brought me down the beach to watch his team jump in the ocean. I loved the atmosphere and how the air was filled with excitement and suspense. When the horde of people started sprinting towards the bone-chilling ocean, it was always so cool. The funniest part was looking at the peoples’ facial expressions. So last year, me and my best friends got together and came up with a team. Now, I am sure you will ask, “Why do you guys have bum shorts on?” Well, my answer to that is tradition. The first year my dad did the plunge, he realized all the costumes people had on. So the next year, he gave bum shorts to all his teammates. He knew people would get a kick out of them. So the Cold-Blooded Cubs continued the tradition. Every year, when we are in the registration tent, many people laugh and take pictures with us.

This year, none of us were able to make the Polar Bear Plunge, since it was postponed to March 6th, but we still went to my beach house in Normandy Beach, and we jumped in. It is so much fun and I love it.

My whole town knows about us. We go around my town and put signs up, put jars for donations in stores, we have a page on Facebook, and we have our own website. Many people from my town heard about the event and were very impressed by it, so they either take the plunge or donate.

Special Olympics New Jersey is important to me, because it is a great organization. I think that it is great that people from all over, donate to help it. I love it so much that I made a video on it. It is a tribute to SONJ. The link to it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VsSYJV9QcM . I was so happy to be a part of the Polar Bear Plunge.

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Thanks Brian for your blog entry and for participating in the Plunge every year  (and for doing your own, this year, when you couldn’t make it to the rescheduled Plunge) ! 

We hope to see you next year!

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