OSWEGO, NY – A couple hundred people took the plunge Saturday afternoon in Lake Ontario.
They were freezing for a reason — Oswego’s fourth Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.
The event was held at Wright’s Landing at 1 p.m.
In roughly three minutes, the plungers had made their in and out of the freezing water.
Members of the Coast Guard and Oswego Fire and Police departments were on hand to ensure safety.
“It was cold, very cold!” exclaimed Jackie Bond, a member of the Penske Penguins team, as she dried off and warmed up. “It’s for a good cause, so it was worth it. We are glad to help.”
Jen Niebling, a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon team, said they have raised about $1,300 – “and counting.”
“We did this not to just raise some money but also to hep raise awareness of Special Olympics and the great things they do. The whole sorority promoted doing (the plunge) and encouraged it,” she said.
Both the Penske Penguins and Delta Phi Epsilon were among the top 7 teams rasing funds this year.
Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world.
With 64,659 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the sixth largest chapter in the world.
Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports, the Young Athletes Program and the Motor Activities Training Program – at no cost to the athlete, their families or their caregivers.
For more information visit www.nyso.org
More information can also be found on www.facebook.com/OswegoPolarPlunge