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Polar Plunge raises more than $21,000 for Special Olympics Ohio

The eighth annual Ohio University Polar Plunge, which was hosted by the Ohio University Police Department, attracted more than 125 plungers to Lake Snowden and raised more than $21,000 for Special Olympics Ohio.

The participants included many Ohio University staff and students as well as local community members.

"I'm in the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and we volunteer with ATCO employees each week, so we wanted to come out and support them," said Kati Hermann, a sophomore environmental health major at Ohio University. "This was the first time I did the Polar Plunge and it was cool to see all of the people pumped up and coming out for a good cause."
Paige Ludwig, marketing and development director for Special Olympics Ohio, said the event was a big success.

"It was a great day for Special Olympics Ohio," Ludwig said, "We had a lot of campus groups here and we raised a lot of money. What more can you ask for."

Cathy Hart, a communications officer at OUPD who helps coordinate the event each year, agreed with Ludwig that this was another successful Polar Plunge.

"Things went really well and we had a good turnout, so we're really pleased with that," Hart said. "It was another good year."

To watch a video about this year's Polar Plunge, visit https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NE1EMFY-nBU&feature=youtu.be

To read more about Special Olympics Ohio, visit http://sooh.org/.


Polar Plunge participants enter the freezing water during the annual Polar Plunge at Lake Snowden on Feb. 14. The event raised more than $21,000 for Special Olympics Ohio. Photo by Jasmine Beaubien.


The Albany Fire Department takes safety precautions before the annual Polar Plunge at Lake Snowden. Photo by Jasmine Beaubien.


Team America celebrates their win in the Polar Plunge costume contest. Photo by Jasmine Beaubien.


Van Wright, dressed as a zombie, leaps into the bitter cold water during the 2015 Polar Plunge. Photo by Jasmine Beaubien.


Members of the Ohio University Police Department rush into the Lake Snowden water on Feb. 14, 2015. Photo by Jasmine Beaubien.


Ohio University senior Stephen Robert Clyde Bell poses in his Speedo and appears ready to plunge. Photo by Jasmine Beaubien.


Ohio University sophomores Sam Austen, David Torok and Kevin Powell attempt to get warm by the fire after plunging into the icy water of Lake Snowden at the annual Polar Plunge. The students said this was their second year of doing the plunge, which raised more than $21,000 for Special Olympics Ohio. Photo by Jasmine Beaubien.


Harper Riddle and his dog, Patch, wait for Harper’s dad to take the plunge at the annual Polar Plunge. Photo by Jasmine Beaubien.


A male plunger dives into the cold water at the annual Polar Plunge. Photo by Jasmine Beaubien.