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Freezin' for a Reason: Annual Polar Plunge Benefits Special Olympics

The annual Polar Plunge fundraiser kicked off after last year's $30,000 achievement.
 

The annual polar plunge for the Special Olympics keeps growing every year. Although, this year, the freezing temperatures wouldn’t allow an actual plunge into water, the group of hundreds won’t let the weather ruin their fun. Instead, they came up with an alternative.

This time participants plunge into snow and made snow angels. In past years when it was warmer, the City of Fort Wayne would fill up a dumpster for teams to dive into.

"Just because were not doing the water, the trade off is being able to go out in the snow, make a snow angel, do something that's fun," said Julia Fiechter, the lead organizer of the event. “They are our angels, everyone of those people that are coming here today are the angels of the Special Olympics."

Last year the polar plunge raised more than 30-thousand dollars.

"It all stays right here in our county and it all benefits, even when it goes to the state it benefits all of our athletes throughout the state so that ensures no athlete pays to play in any of the programs," she said.

The money goes toward uniforms, equipment and now to sponsoring the first two players from Allen County to compete in the National Special Olympics. The National’s will take place this June in New Jersey.

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