The 2018 Polar Plunge Makes A Big Splash For Special Olympics Minnesota

The FOX 21 News Team also took the Polar Plunge and raised more than $4,000.

DULUTH, Minn. – The day that many people have been waiting for finally happened,┬áthe 2018 Polar Plunge in Duluth.

The 2018 polar plunge made a big splash in Duluth. The event is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics Minnesota.

Tt brought out veteran plungers and rookies too.

“I think it’s great, because I’m from Wisconsin and we don’t make a big deal out of polar plunges,” said Plunger Krista Hintz. “So when I follow the Polar Plunge Minnesota on Facebook it was like, this is actually really cool. I want to keep doing it.

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

So far more than $1.7 million has been raised and that number keeps climbing.

“I think people with intellectual and physical disabilities touch all of us,” said Duluth Police Department Investigator Ryan Temple.

Law enforcement is also one of the largest supporters of the Special Olympics.

“This is a cause that goes to people that are always happy, they’re enjoying life,” said Temple. “All we can do is support them. We like to raise money so their family doesn’t have to pay for the sporting events.”

It’s more than just jumping into the cold waters of Lake Superior. All of the money raised from the Polar Plunge benefits more than 8,000 athletes with events and programming.

“It feels really good I guess,” said Plunger Jessica Hiebert. “It’s just really nice supporting a really good cause and makes me feel like a really good person.

For Aaron Fisher the fourth time’s a charm.

“There’s a young guy named Alex that we all jump for,” said Fisher. “He’s in the Special Olympics and we do it for him.”

Some may think these people are bold for jumping into Lake Superior during winter.

But when it’s for the Special Olympics Minnesota, they say it’s worth it.


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