11th Annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge

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PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER CENTRAL ILLINOIS DECIDED TO SPEND THEIR DAY TAKING A PLUNGE INTO FREEZING WATER.

“IT’S NOT WARM.”, SAYS BEN WEBSTER. “IT’S MY FIRST TIME. SO, EXCITED, BUT ALSO A LITTLE NERVOUS. IT’S GONNA BE COLD.”

OVER 700 “PLUNGERS” TOOK PART IN THE 11TH ANNUAL POLAR PLUNGE AT MILLER PARK LAKE.

“YOU REALLY DON’T FEEL IT ONCE YOU GET INTO THE WATER. IT’S MORE THE AFTERSHOCK.”, SAID CHLOE ALEXANDER.

BUT PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO DEAL WITH THE COLD FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

ALL OF THE PROCEEDS GO TO THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS.  

WITH SOME GROUPS RAISING OVER TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS, THIS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST EVENTS FOR THE ORGANIZATION.

“WE HAD OVER 100 FROM ILLINOIS WESLEYAN ATHLETICS PLUNGE TODAY.”, STATED SPECIAL OLYMPICS REGION G DIRECTOR JIM FITZPATRICK. “WE HAD ESA’S SORORITY, SERVICE SORORITY, AT  ILLINOIS WESLEYAN AND ILLINOIS STATE. THEY HAD 155 YOUNG LADIES COME OUT.”

FOR SOME — THIS ANNUAL EVENT — HITS CLOSE TO HOME.

“I HAVE A BROTHER WHO’S SPECIAL NEEDS AND THEN MY MOM WORKS FOR A COMPANY CALLED THE BARBARA OLSON CENTER OF HOPE THAT ALSO SPECIALIZES WITH THE SPECIAL NEEDS.”, SAID ALEXANDER.

AND FOR OTHERS — THEY SIMPLY JUST WANT TO HELP A GOOD CAUSE.

” ANYTIME YOU CAN GET A CHANCE TO SHOW SOME SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY FOR SUCH A GREAT CAUSE, IT’S SOMETHING WE WANTED TO DO.” SAID WEBSTER.

AND WITH THAT SUPPORT, THE ORGANIZERS COULDN’T BE HAPPIER.

“THIS IS THE COMMUNITY RALLYING AROUND OUR ATHLETES AND OUR FAMILIES.” SAID FITZPATRICK

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