Many people willingly took a dip in the frigid Deschutes River Saturday morning to support Special Olympics Oregon. Over the years, the plunge has raised as much as $35,000, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman said.
"The Special Olympics Summer Games wouldn't happen without us doing this fundraiser", Dowell said.
"We encourage teams, costumes and silliness", Overman said.
The Plunge is made possible through the support of various sponsors.
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"It's a great cause that us athletes can raise awareness for other athletes who want to be involved but might not have the same opportunities we have been afforded", said sophomore baseball player Connor Sullivan.
Chief Roddy also participated in the polar plunge in his uniform.
Junior lacrosse player Jess Lyons commented on the collective passion that all of Catholic Athletics shows for events like the plunge. Afterward, they can unthaw in hot tubs and after changing clothes, enjoy a dinner hosted by Special Olympics athletes and their families. And for more information about Special Olympics Louisiana, visit their Facebook page.
The money raised will go towards the Special Olympics' annual events.