Take the Polar Plunge to support the Special Olympics

Take the Polar Plunge to support the Special Olympics

RICHLAND, Wash. -- You'd have to be crazy to jump into the ice-cold Columbia River in the dead of Winter--Or at least crazy about your cause.

Law enforcement and community members took a pre-plunge into the Columbia River Wednesday. The water was frigid, but jumpers were excited to be the first ones to take make the leap for a special cause-- The Special Olympics.

Area law enforcement is organizing the Polar Plunge event on January 20. They invite anyone with a little courage, a warm heart, and a desire to help, to come jump with them.

"It is really chilly,” Hanford Patrol Officer Daniel Irish said. “I'm not looking forward to jumping into that on January 20, but I’m going to do it because it's going to raise some really good money for a really good cause, and it's going to be such a great event."

The reason the group took a pre-plunge today? They need your help to raise money for Tri-Cities Special Olympic Athletes to participate in the USA games in Seattle this year.

Money raised will help fund travel, equipment, and allow the athletes to compete in different sports.

The plunge this year is at a new location--the Columbia Point Park and will begin at 11 am. To sign up to take the plunge, click here.

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