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Polar Bear Plunge Raises More Than $1.5 Million for Special Olympics

Mason Bird

Mason Bird, a former student athlete and current political science major, seeks out opportunities to serve his community. Reflecting his passion for sports and commitment to volunteering, Mason Bird has served as a mentor to a Special Olympics athlete.

One of the best-known Special Olympics fundraisers occurred in Maryland in January. Approximately 6,000 people participated in the 2016 Polar Bear Plunge in the Chesapeake Bay. The event raised more than $1.5 million for Special Olympics, with more proceeds expected to bring the organization to its $2 million goal. The funds will be shared by 169 athletes participating in 24 sports.

The enthusiastic Polar Bear Plunge participants create quite a spectacle, wearing swimsuits or light clothing and splashing into frigid waters in 37-degree temperatures. Several dozen officers from the Baltimore Police Department kept watch, making sure everyone was safe and no one stayed in the cold water too long. All in all, organizers call this 20th annual event a success, despite having to clear two feet of snow from the parking lots before it started.

 

The enthusiastic Polar Bear Plunge participants create quite a spectacle, wearing swimsuits or light clothing and splashing into frigid waters in 37-degree temperatures. Several dozen officers from the Baltimore Police Department kept watch, making sure everyone was safe and no one stayed in the cold water too long. All in all, organizers call this 20th annual event a success, despite having to clear two feet of snow from the parking lots before it started.

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