INDIANAPOLIS- The 15th annual Special Olympics of Indiana Polar Plunge brought people together who were “freezin’ for a reason.”
The event was at Eagle Creek Beach, with the early bird plungers making their way into the frigid waters at 8:30 a.m.
“The early bird plungers are those who registered early, a lot of people want to be the first ones to plunge, Duchess Adjei, Manager of Marketing and PR said. “It’s exciting to see everyone take the plunge.”
The event is open to the public in Indiana for anyone 12-years-old or older. The minimum amount to plunge is $75, and if you’re a student with an ID, you pay $50. People can raise way more than that though.
Super plungers are those that raised $4,000 or more. This year there were six super plungers; just they alone raise over $30,000 for Special Olympics Indiana.
“They’re crucial, along with everyone who helps out, “Adjei said. There are also those people who just help donate, they don’t go into the water. People participate in this because they understand the bigger picture of Special Olympics; our athletes are the heartbeat of our organization. The plunge is symbolic of the whole experience, they support Special Olympics and understand the mission behind it, and they understand the athletes with disabilities should be like regular athletes; be on the same scale as well.”
Special Olympics Indiana serves over 11,000 athletes. Some came to the Polar Plunge to either brave the water or helped out and volunteered.
Hugh Breen came out to meet people and greet the plungers.
“I wanted to help out Special Olympics, I’ve been to a lot of events with Special Olympics,” he said. “My favorite part is meeting people and helping out.”
John Terrell, a volunteer with IPL, was preparing for his first plunge.