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