Special Olympics Florida

Jumping into ice cold water at Adventure Island for Special Olympics Florida

Written by:  Sharon Kennedy Wynne, TampaBay.com

Polar Plunge has raised more than $2 million for the organization in the last decade.

Polar Plunge has raised more than $2 million for Special Olympics Florida athletes over the last 10 years. Courtesy of Special Olympics Florida

Adventure Island hosted its first Polar Plunge on Saturday, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Florida in which do-gooders jump into cold water for a good cause.

The water park adjacent to Busch Gardens in Tampa let families, companies and groups dare each other to make a big splash by plopping into the waters of Adventure Island’s chilled wave pool.

The statewide Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Florida athletes.   The money raised will help provide training and competition for more than 51,000 Special Olympics Florida athletes.

Plungers had the opportunity to either dip a toe or make a big splash in the cool waters in order to qualify for the fundraiser.

Plungers entered in groups of 40 to 50 at a time and were granted access to the rest of Adventure Island’s (heated) attractions afterward.

Special Olympics Florida helps people with intellectual disabilities participate in sports, training and competition, increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs. It never charges athletes or their families a fee for participating, organizers said, so the work is only possible because of events such as Polar Plunge.

Lear more at: PlungeFL.org.