Pittsburg Polar Plunge raises over $30,000 for Special Olympics - KOAM TV 7

Pittsburg Polar Plunge raises over $30,000 for Special Olympics


Jumping into a swimming pool in winter may sounds a little crazy with these temperatures, but for Southeast Kansas residents they took the plunge for a good cause.

Each year the Special Olympics Kansas group in Pittsburg holds its annual polar plunge at the Crimson Villa's Apartments to raise money for athletes with special needs.

Ages and groups young and old dressed up in their best costumes to take the plunge. Law enforcement groups like Pittsburg Police Department, Frontenac Fire Department and Cherokee County Sheriff's Office all raised funds for this years plunge.

Our very own KOAM Television City Duck Dynasty team even participated this year.

Organizers say while it's not the most pleasant thing in the world to jump in frigid cold water...it's all for the athletes.

"This event state wide in the state of Kansas is our largest event for raising money for special Olympics. There's 8 plunges all over the state. This happens to be our weekend. For some reason it decided it needed to snow, and wind and everything else, which is fine. It's called the polar plunge for a reason." says Pittsburg Police Department and Special Olympics Representative, Chris Moore.

This year's plunge raised over $30,000.




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