KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Dozens of people planned to jump into a frigid pool of water for the annual Polar Plunge fundraising event. Kalamazoo was expected to be one of 30 communities in Michigan participating in a plunge. The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) hosts the event every year.
Proceeds from the Polar Plunge benefit more than 27,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Money raised pays for year-round sports training and athletic competitions. The ultimate goal and mission of Special Olympics is to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities gain courage, friendship, skill and joy.
The Polar Plunge is expected to take place Saturday, February 16, at Bell's Eccentric Café. Registration was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and the plunge at 10:30 a.m. Participants pay a fee to take a dive into a pool of frigid cold water. It is free for the public to watch the fun unfold.
Newschannel 3’s Sports Director, Andy Pepper, supported the event by taking a dive.
The Polar Plunge has raised more than $7.6 million across the state since 2008. Click here to donate.