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Polar Plunge

March 1, 2012

If you’ve ever been involved in the life of someone with special needs then you understand the great joy they bring. When I was a junior in high school I went on a mission trip to Kenya where we worked at an elementary school for children with special needs. That experience changed my life and since then I have really enjoyed being around anyone with special needs! On Saturday I had the opportunity to go and watch the Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Camp Hydaway. Liberty students, ahtletes and people from the community took the plunge to raise awareness and support for the Special Olympics of Virginia. Is there really anything more entertaining than watching people run into freezing cold water!?

The Polar Plunge wasn’t just an event to watch people plunge but it was also a day for music, coffee, food and fun for kids! Starbucks and Sheetz donated coffee and hot chocolate for everyone to enjoy in the 40 degree weather! There was food available for purchase and lots of picnic tables to sit at. I could usually be found underneath one of the outdoor heaters with coffee in my hand, trying to stay warm! My favorite aspect of the event was the different artist’s that performed.Local artists, Dean Robert, Paul Davidson and Jeff Carl performed throughout the day and kept the atmosphere fun! Jeff Carl performed a song later in the afternoon called “Here I’m Home” which is about Lychburg and we loved it!

The absolute best part of the day was watching everyone run into freezing water yelling and screaming because it was so cold! I had a huge coat on and my hands and feet were numb, I couldn’t even imagine how cold everyone was standing there waiting to run in and be even colder! It was such a great thing to see $22,388 raised for the Special Olympics! Check out the video below that I got of everyone running in! 

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