Freezin’ for a Reason

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“You got to be a little nuts to jump in the water when it’s this cold,” Billy Blundell

Saturday marked the 10th  Annual Freezin’ For A Reason: Special Olympics Indiana’s Polar Plunge. 

And to say those participating on ISU’s campus were cold was an understatement.

More than 2 hundred participates jumped into the pool of water. 

While several hesitated to make the leap, for one group jumping in, isn’t something they wrestle with. 

“Let’s just start making it an annual event and we’ll get more people and every year it’s grown,” Bryan Hammond said. “We started with four or five and the last few years we’ve had 15.” 

 For 6 years Bryan Hammond and Billy Blundell have made the plunge with  a group of vigo county educators…

Each year the group don a new ensemble for the cause that helps raise money for Special Olympics.

A cause that’s  near and dear to Hammond.

“I’m a special education teacher so the folks that the money goes towards, it all goes all to them and I can’t speak for Billy but that’s the reason I do it,” Hammond said.  

“Yeah we just want to help out as much as we can and just give back to the community,” Blundell said. “And try to have some fun while we are doing it.” 

And fun they had.

From belly flops , to cannon balls, to free falls, to just plan splashing. 

The cold and snow wasn’t stopping folks from having a good time. 
    
And raising money for a good cause. 

“What the Special Olympics and make donations and encourage those athletics,” Blundell said. “It’s a lot of fun, it’s inspirational. It’s here in town so it’s just a really great opportunity for you to be involved and see these athletes compete at what they do best.”

This year the group of Vigo County teachers and administrators raised more than 8,500 dollars this plunge. 
    
Giving them the 2nd place at the event for most money earned. 

A new high for the group. 
    
Congrats to them and all who came out to support the cause.
    
And for those who attended the event they might have recognized more than just my face. 
    
That’s right I was honored to be emceed for the event. 

It was my first time hosting the event.  
    
Back when I was an ISU student I took the plunge and let me tell yeah, it was cold. 
    
But it’s all worth it for a good cause. 

“The Special Olympic’s is a very worth wild project. It’s one thing that makes people feel good,” John Lynch said. “It feels really really good to support the endeavors that they go through every year and it helps provide the funds necessary to help run their programs.”

A total of 16 polar plunge events are scheduled for February and March. 
    
And to date, the event has raised more than 4 million in the state of Indiana. 

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