WESTON, Conn. -- Nine members of the Weston High School boys' soccer team braved the cold March air and sea on Saturday, March 12, to raise money and awareness for a great cause.
The first annual Polar Plunge to benefit Bridgeport-based Urban Impact took place at beautiful Jennings Beach in Fairfield, where the boys joined forces with other community members to raise over $2,000. They were joined by Weston High School varsity coach Kevin Fitzsimmons, as well as Weston resident Chris Myers, new executive director of Urban Impact.
Urban Impact is a nonprofit that works with children who live in P.T. Barnum, one of four public housing complexes in Bridgeport. The organization runs a variety of in-school and after-school activities for the children, including one-on-one and small group tutoring and mentoring.
While students across Fairfield County have an average reading proficiency rate of 88 percent, compared to the statewide rate of 70 percent, in the not-too-distant past, P.T. Barnum kids averaged only 7 percent. The math proficiency rate is similarly poor. These challenges have inspired Chris Myers to take on his role as the group's first and only full-time employee in order to help make a difference in these children's lives.
The boys appreciated the worthiness of the cause as they enjoyed the collective group effort. In the words of Bennett Purcell, a 10th grader at Weston High School, "Education is very important -- everyone deserves an equal chance."
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