Locals get cold for a cause

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Students from the Greek community, law enforcement and Special Olympics lined up to jump into a pool of 42 degree water at the Special Olympics Polar Plunge in the Eskimo Joe's parking lot on Feb. 1. Sponsors donated money for each person who made the leap.

A crowd gathered at Eskimo Joe’s Saturday morning to participate in the Polar Plunge, a fundraising event for Special Olympics.

Students from the Greek community, law enforcement and Special Olympics lined up to jump into a pool of 42 degree water. Sponsors donated money for each person who made the leap.

Agricultural communication freshman Grant McClure joined about 20 of his Alpha Gamma Rho brothers in leaping from a trailer into a stand-up pool with the promise of $75 per student being donated to the charity.

“We had a guy who is kind of our… one of our upperclassmen, and he’s the social chairman and he does a lot of like community service stuff,” McClure said. “He sent out like a memo about it and we decided to go do it.”

While this was a new experience for McClure and his group, the Stillwater Multi-jurisdictional Special Operations Team have regularly supported the special Olympics. One member was glad to be back after an absence last year. His team came prepared to participate but also to give a special donation.

“We had actually raised money in a golf tournament last year,” Brett Moore, one of the team leaders, said. “So we’re here to make a pretty good contribution from the proceedings we won.”

One of their team members was in costume the entire time, along with many of the other attendees. From one team dressed as unicorns to a member of Alpha Gamma Rho donning only a speedo, the event was a festive display.

The fundraiser offers fun and a chance to help a good cause. June Fitch and Christina Collins organized the event, which has been going on for well over 16 years. At last year’s Polar Plunge, they reached their $20,000 goal. However, they are always looking for donations and volunteers for The Special Olympics.

When asked to describe the Polar Plunge, Collins looked out over the crowd and said two words.

“Insane fun.”

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