Photos: 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plungers Have Fun Freezin’ For A Reason

Law enforcement officers and brrrr-ave local citizens took the 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics Ontario at the St. Clair College SportsPlex on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Windsor Police Service, OPP, LaSalle Police Service, Amherstburg Police Service and Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, on behalf of Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run (OLETR), partnered with St. Clair College to host this year’s icy fun for a worthy cause.

Each year Polar Plunge presents a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Ontario athletes by gathering pledges and plunging into the icy waters.

Participants showed up in their best costumes with their bravest faces to take the plunge. Following each plunge, participants enjoyed a hot bowl of chili and visiting the Vendor Village inside the SportsPlex. This marks the first year the Vendor Village was added to the event.

Proceeds from Friday’s plunge were donated to the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Special Olympics Ontario provides quality sports and training programs for children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability.

Windsor-Essex has 120 athletes that compete in Special Olympics programs. Since 2014, Polar Plunge Windsor-Essex has raised more than $130,000 (not including funds raised this year) in support of Special Olympics Ontario, with 75 percent of funds raised by any Special Olympics athlete or registered volunteer remaining within the host community.

The 2018 Windsor Polar Plunge took place in three different waves with different groups “Freezin’ For A Reason” at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 6:00 PM.

The following photos were shot these during the 6pm wave.

In Photos: 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plungers Have Fun Freezin’ For A Reason

John Fairley with Special Olympics Ontario athletes during Windsor Polar Plunge.

John Fairley speaks with local Special Olympics Ontario athletes during the Windsor Polar Plunge at the St. Clair College SportsPlex on March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Windsor Regional Hospital Staff Member Participating in Windsor Polar Plunge.

Windsor Regional Hospital staff member participates in the 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plunge at the St. Clair College SportsPlex on March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Participants take part in the annual Windsor Polar Plunge.

Participants brave icy waters during the 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plunge outside the St. Clair College SportsPlex on Friday, March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

People participating in the Windsor Polar Plunge.

Participants take the 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plunge outside the St. Clair College SportsPlex on Friday, March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

St. Clair College Students Taking the Windsor Polar Plunge.

Participants brave icy waters during the 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plunge outside the St. Clair College SportsPlex on Friday, March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

OPP participating in the Windsor Polar Plunge.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) brave icy waters during the 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plunge outside the St. Clair College SportsPlex on Friday, March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

OPP participating in the Windsor Polar Plunge.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) brave icy waters during the 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plunge outside the St. Clair College SportsPlex on Friday, March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Lasalle Firefighters participating in the Windsor Polar Plunge.

Lasalle Firefighters brave icy waters during the 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plunge outside the St. Clair College SportsPlex on Friday, March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Lasalle Police Officers participate in the Windsor Polar Plunge.

Lasalle Police Officers brave icy waters during the 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plunge outside the St. Clair College SportsPlex on Friday, March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Nicole Tosti holds up tray of Polar Bear Polar Bear sugar cookies.

Nicole Tosti, owner of B’z Sugar Cookies, holds a tray of Polar Bear Polar Plunge sugar cookies while participating in the Windsor Polar Plunge Vendor Village inside the St. Clair College SportsPlex on March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Final participants to jump during the 2018 Windsor Polar Plunge.

The final group of participants jump into the icy water to conclude the 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plunge outside the St. Clair College SportsPlex on Friday, March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.