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Special Olympics of Wisconsin Polar Plunge draws over 300 participants in WausauSubmitted: 02/22/2020
Stephen Goin
Stephen Goin
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Special Olympics of Wisconsin Polar Plunge draws over 300 participants in Wausau
WAUSAU - A frozen river in Wausau's Sunny Vale Park got a bit more action than usual for a February morning.

Saturday, 300 people jumped into a hole cut into Big Rib River to raise money for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

The Polar Plunge is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization.

Mckenzi Johnson, a YMCA aquatics instructor from Stevens Point said she was excited to jump in. 

"We have a great group of us that come out and jump together, and we have a really great adaptive program so it's really good to support all of our athletes." 

Last year, the event raised $50,000; the goal is $52,000 this year.

Miranda Haima with Special Olympics Wisconsin said she was encouraged by the support she saw Saturday. 

"Those are some pretty dedicated fans and supporters of Special Olympics Wisconsin, it says a lot that they're going to jump into some freezing cold water," said Haima. "These are some brave souls here and we got a lot of people cheering them on even if they weren't able to jump, they're here to show their support." 

Saturday's Polar Plunge is just one of 13 similar events taking place around the state. 



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