Springfield holds social-distanced Polar Plunge, elevating cash for Particular Olympics Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mon. (KY3) – Dozens of people brave the cold water on Saturday in South Springfield during the sixth annual Polar Plunge.

This year’s Polar Plunge took place in the Ski Shack Cable Park, from which 1,700 Special Olympics Missouri athletes benefit every year.

Last year the event raised $ 45,730. The money will support various programs and competitions for Special Olympics Missouri.

The Springfield Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol compose this event each year.

“With the athletes, they know our names. They come out, they love to see us and the uniforms, and it’s a big family for us now. The Special Olympics staff and the athletes, we’re just one big family, ”said Jeff Fugett of MSHP Troop D.

Twenty teams competed that year and crashed at a staggered pace, one team at a time, to keep everyone socially distant.

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