This 12 months’s Polar Plunge raised over $16,000 for Manhattan’s Particular Olympics, with over 85 polar plunge members freezing for a purpose on Saturday, March 26, at Tuttle Creek State Park.
Krystin Guggisberg, sports activities and program supervisor of Particular Olympics Kansas, mentioned this 12 months’s occasion was a hit.
“We had stunning climate, we had a ton of individuals present up and our fundraising was nice this 12 months,” Guggisberg mentioned.
The cash raised on the Polar Plunge goes to funding sporting occasions, athlete management and well being checks.
“We’ve almost 100 athletes within the Manhattan neighborhood alone,” Guggisberg mentioned. “The cash raised from this goes to funding the occasions we do year-round, our athlete management programming that we do and a number of well being and promotions that we do. All of our athletes get screened for wholesome eyes, wholesome ears and wholesome ft.”
Plungers elevate no less than $75 to take part within the Polar Plunge and infrequently create groups to lift cash and compete in varied contests such because the costume contest.
This 12 months’s theme for the costume contest was “Polar Opposites,” however groups took the theme in many alternative instructions, together with teams dressing up as polar bears, Kansas State followers and the band Kiss.
Riley County Police Division dispatcher Isabelle Terpstra was a part of the police division’s dispatch crew that dressed up as Kiss. Terpstra mentioned she enjoys the costume contest yearly. She has dressed up as Barnacle Boy and Mermaid Man from “SpongeBob” and a “Powerpuff Woman” in years previous.
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Regardless that the dispatch crew misplaced the competition to Riley County Emergency Medical Providers, that they had painted smiles on their faces the entire time.
“The costume contest is de facto enjoyable,” Terpstra mentioned. “Going into the water could be very chilly and horrible, however it’s all for a very good trigger, and we’re right here to lift cash, so that’s what we are going to do.”
Many Okay-State college students volunteered and took part within the Polar Plunge. Zachary Kley, senior in mechanical engineering, volunteers with the occasion by his fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma.
“I wish to volunteer my time, however I additionally wish to have enjoyable, so I all the time get actually excited to do the Polar Plunge,” Kley mentioned. “Final 12 months, I did a stomach flop.”
Kley continued the stomach flop custom this 12 months as properly. Stomach flops apart, the neighborhood assist for this occasion could be very encouraging to the athletes and their households.
“We’re so thrilled to have so many Okay-State college students concerned,” Guggisberg mentioned. “So many neighborhood members, athletes and their households all the time come out full drive for this occasion — so for them to see the neighborhood present up for this occasion is de facto enjoyable.”
Dispatch Supervisor for RCPD Amanda Randazzo encourages individuals to study extra in regards to the athletes they assist.
“Have a look at a few of the kids that we assist: it helps them come out, compete, be athletes and do one of the best that they will,” Randazzo mentioned. “It truly is nearly serving to them do their greatest.”
Extra methods to get entangled can be found by the Kansas Particular Olympics web site.