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50th Polar Plunge raises money for athletes with special abilities

For the 50th year in a row some brave souls took the plunge into freezing cold water for the Polar Plunge, but it's all to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Posted: Feb. 9, 2019 6:59 PM
Updated: Feb. 11, 2019 9:03 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - For the 50th year in a row some brave souls took the plunge into freezing cold water for the Polar Plunge. 

It's all to raise money for the Special Olympics. 

Officer Mitchell McKinney with the Fraternal Order of Police was one of the people who jumped. 

"The Special Olympics is our national philanthropic. So, as the local president of the FOP I felt it important that we get our officers here involved," he said. 

He was a first time plunger, but he did it, and the money goes to athletes like Alise Hazelette, who wants new bags for her basketball team. 

Alise said she took the plunge on Tuesday. 

"It was really, really cold and I would do it again next year," she said. 

Officer McKinney said the freezing cold water is worth it to make a difference. 

"When you think about the minimal amount of time that we have to go in and freeze, and you think about what all these athletes have to go through on a daily basis, it's worth it," he said. 

Buck Rogers, the Vice President of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, said he took the plunge for his cousin with Down Syndrome. 

"I watched him grow up and I've seen the benefits of everything Special Olympics offered for him... I would say if people are shying away from this event, don't be. It's worse in your mind than what it actually is," he said. 

Between 140 and 150 people plunged and raised a total of $26,000 this year. 

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