Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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Oklahoma State University First cowboy Darren Shrum and softball student-athlete Chelsea Alexander lead a fundraiser for Special Olympics through an auction and an event called the Chilly Cowboy.
The goal is to raise $10,000 or more, and all funds will directly support local Special Olympics athletes and fund the national Special Olympics event taking place in Stillwater.
The Chilly Cowboy event will take place on March 7 at the OSU Student Union Plaza. Coaches, student-athletes and other OSU leaders will dive into cold water with Chilly Cowboy depending on the amount of money raised. For example, if the softball team raises $500, the softball student-athletes will jump in the water. If the team raises $1,000 or more, head coach Kenny Gajewski would also make the jump.
If the overall donations exceed $5,000, then Darren Shrum and OSU athletic director Chad Weiberg will jump. If donations exceed $10,000, football coach Mike Gundy and Men’s basketball coach Mike Boynton will jump with OSU President Kayse Shrum.
“Over the past few months I have seen the Cowboy family come together to help Chelsea bring to life an event close to their hearts,” said Darren Shrum. “I am so excited to see the support from OSU and the Stillwater community for this event. We hope this is just the beginning and plan to continue to grow the Chilly Cowboy for years to come to support Special Olympics and open the doors to more opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in our community.
A live, online auction will be held March 5 at Gallagher-Iba Arena as part of the OSU men’s basketball game against Texas Tech. The online auction features four baskets filled with various OSU athletics items and items from local businesses. The live auction will take place at halftime of the game and will include a signed Gundy helmet from this year’s Fiesta Bowl. To donate without purchasing an item at auction, visit https://www.classy.org/campaign/chilly-cowboy/c386703.
“I believe this event is the perfect way for the OSU family to come together in support of an organization that plays a fundamental role in our community,” said Alexander. “I’m thrilled to see how the community comes together to support a cause that means a lot to me. I’ve had the idea for this event for years now, and I can’t wait to see it finally come to fruition.