Oswego Committee OKs Oswego Polar Plunge Request

Dozens brave Lake Ontario's cold water at the 2014 Polar Plunge.

Dozens brave Lake Ontario's cold water at the 2014 Polar Plunge.

OSWEGO, NY – At its recent meeting, the Physical Services Committee recommended given people a reason to be freezing next March. And, it’s all for a good cause.

Michael Smith, DPW commissioner, received a request from the Special Olympics Committee, to host the “Oswego Polar Plunge” for Special Olympics New York.

Dozens brave Lake Ontario's cold water at the 2014 Polar Plunge.
Dozens brave Lake Ontario’s cold water at the 2014 Polar Plunge.

The date of the event is Saturday, March 29, 2015, and will be held at Oswego Wright’s Landing Marina, according to Cassandra Rucker, director of development for Special Olympics New York.

She requested use of the launch ramp at the Wright’s Landing Marina, just as they had this past spring.

This year’s event was the coldest and fastest Polar Plunge for Special Olympics New York with temperatures below freezing and windchill even lower.

Still, more than 125 people from all around the area, including SUNY Oswego, took part in the second Oswego Polar Plunge for Special Olympics New York.

They will have a tent near the plunge location again in 2015 for sign-ins and warmups, she added.

“In sticking with tradition, that began when I was elected on the council, I would like to amend this resolution,” Council Vice President Eric VanBuren said.

He proposed including in the resolution that First Ward Councilor Fran Enwright and Fifth Ward Councilor Bill Barlow would represent the city by taking the Polar Plunge in 2015.

Third Ward Councilor Mike Todd agreed.

Both Todd and VanBuren have participated in the previous plunges and have “warm” memories of the feat.

“Eric and I have done it. It’s time for some other councilors to step up,” Todd said.

“I’ll move this (as amended),” Committee Chair Mike Myers said.

“I’m not going to second this,” Councilor Enwright quipped, drawing laughter from the other councilors and audience as well.

“I’ll second it,” Councilor Barlow acquiesced.

The committee gave the request, as amended, a favorable recommendation and it will be considered by the full council on Monday Dec. 8.

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