Hundreds of people are freezin' for reason at Purdue

The 2018 polar plunge is happening Saturday to help raise money for Special Olympics Indiana.

Posted: Feb. 16, 2018 10:57 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Hundreds of people will spend their weekend freezin' for a reason. The annual polar plunge is happening Saturday at Purdue University.

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The polar plunge is happening outside of Mackey Arena on Saturday and it's hosted by Special Olympics Indiana. The money raised helps participating athletes cover traveling and competition costs. In Indiana, more than 13,000 Hoosiers are competing in the Special Olympics.

This year, around 40 teams are registered to take the plunge. This includes a team from the West Lafayette Fire Department which raised more than $2,000.

"A lot of the money that is raised here locally stays locally with the Special Olympics athletes," said Fire Chief Tim Heath. "We're really proud to be a long time team that competes in this and raises funds."

Registration is from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Teams usually come dressed in their best costumes. The plunge starts at 10:30 a.m. followed by the after splash bash at the Lambert Fieldhouse.

Each person taking the plunge this weekend had to raise at least $75. According to the Special Olympics Indiana website, more than $80,000 has been raised so far.

"We always tell people it's 20 seconds of your whole life," said Heath. "The people who have disabilities that's their whole life so for me it's 20 seconds. I'm in and out of the water pretty quick."

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