TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- If you were inside the Indiana State University Recreation Center Saturday it looks like the setting of a regular fundraiser. But all these participants were just preparing themselves for what was to come.
That’s because they were taking part in the 10th annual polar plunge. Over 200 participants from all over the valley came out for the cause. Including this group from the Industrial Supply Company who dressed up for the occasion.
"We’ve been here the past 3 years so we'll continue to do it. It’s just a great thing to raise money for and keep trying to win that costume contest," said Jay Ramirez who jumped with the group.
One by one, ISU students, law enforcement and members of the community jumped into this pool for a good cause. All the funds raised going towards the Special Olympics Indiana.
Each group doing what they can to help reach the events $50,000 goal. John Lentz who is the committee chair for the even said this event is vital for the Special Olympics.
"The polar plunges are the single largest vehicle for fundraising for Special Olympics Indiana and most people think Special Olympics in terms of the competition but it’s actually 12 months of training," said Lentz.
It’s an event that seems a bit odd to some but it carries a stronger message. Showing everyday people coming together to support those with disabilities.
"Doing this, the price that we pay to get out there and get cold is nothing that compares to what they go through on a day to day basis. So for us to endure something like this is minuscule compared to what they have to do," said Ramirez.
Since these events began almost nineteen years ago over four million dollars has been raised for Special Olympics Indiana. This year’s summer Special Olympics will take place in Terre Haute June 8th through the 10th.