More than a thousand participate in Oshkosh Polar Plunge

West Virginians take a polar plunge for Special Olympics

"It only takes a moment to recognized just how much of an inspiration she is to all that meet her", he wrote. It was the 191st Polar Plunge he has participated in.

The yearly fundraiser enlists teams of fearless souls who are willing to jump into Kentucky Lake to raise money for the Special Olympics. "It feels really really good to support the endeavors that they go through every year and it helps provide the funds necessary to help run their programs".

This year the group of Vigo County teachers and administrators raised more than 8,500 dollars this plunge.

The air temperature was 30 degrees at the start of the event, and the water temperature was in the low 30s when individuals and groups jumped into Lake Superior for an event that raises money for the Special Olympics Minnesota.

Many plungers choose to dress up for their dip, and there is even a costume contest.

"I was kind of nervous at first", admitted 12-year-old Brock Hamilton of Murray.

Gabriel Hoverman, a senior computer sceince major and house manager of Sig Tau, spoke about how the Special Olympics is part of the fraternity's national philanthropy, meaning that all of the Sigma Tau Gammas around the country help contribute to the cause in some way.

"The water was warm, but I wouldn't do it again", Kenesha said. Colburn and eighth grader and Special Olympic athlete Keenan Bucher plunged into the icy waters as the dynamic duo Batman and Robin.

She said she submerged completely a year ago at Loon Lake in Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville and plans to repeat the feat March 4.

A year ago 1,500 people took the plunge in Oshkosh and raised more than 400,000 dollars. "He likes the adventure", Christine Hamilton said.

In a statement, organizers said they hope the polar plunge, although a lighthearted event will ultimately "promote and educate the general public about the cause of people living with intellectual disabilities". Jennifer Westbrook of the Murray Independent Ice Breakers came in third with $1,413. No problem. Register as Too Chicken to Plunge. "So for us to endure something like this is minuscule compared to what they have to do", said Ramirez.

The largest fundraising team was the Rockets, whose 20 members raised $11,169.

Winning this year's team costume was Bowles Rice LLP, representatives from which dressed up as characters from Hasbro's Guess Who.

Law enforcement is behind the Polar Plunge and the donations keep coming in.

"It was cold, but it was an adrenaline rush", said Jennifer Franklin of the Kentucky State Penitentiary team.

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