2014 Freezin' For A Reason Polar Plunge

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Despite the chilly temps and gusty winds, hundreds checked off a very crazy bucket list item on Saturday by jumping into a frozen lake. Between 500-600 people took the plunge into an opening at Manmade Lake in Wausau at 2014's Freezin' For A Reason Polar Plunge. Their reason for diving in was to help raise money for the 810 Special Olympic athletes in the local North Central region.

It was about 15 degrees outside, with wind blowing about 26 miles per hour. There were a lot of choice remarks made and 'oh my God' shouted as people hit the water, not before taking a little liquid courage, though.

Regional Director of Developer for the Special Olympics, Alyssa Matelski said it's a great cause to freeze for.

"It gives people with intellectual disabilities a way to compete and train and make friends. It's just an awesome organization and all of the money raised here today helps all of our local athletes that you see out in the community."

The plungers agree.

Matelski said they are hoping to have raised $112,000 by the end of the event. She said they decided to raise funds in this way to get people excited for the cause and to break up the long winter blues.

The next local Special Olympic event will be the Northern Sectional Team Basketball Tournament held at 8 a.m. on March 16 at UW Stevens Point.

If you missed this year's Polar Plunge, but would still like to donate, you can contact Alyssa Matelski at amatelski@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

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